A nuclear future for UK business
As the increase in building of nuclear power facilities gathers pace, with an agreement reached to construct the first nuclear power station in the UK for nearly 20 years, the Minister of State for Energy, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, has announced a multi-million pound collaborative investment by three public bodies, which will ensure that UK-based businesses are well poised to take advantage of the new opportunities.
Early in 2014, up to £13 million will be made available jointly by the Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to help UK-based businesses take advantage of the opportunities that the growing nuclear market offers. This is part of a drive to grow a robust and sustainable UK supply chain by developing innovative products and services for the nuclear sector. The initiative will focus on key technology areas, such as construction, manufacturing, operation, maintenance and decommissioning and waste.
Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, commented: “This country has strengths in a wide range of technologies that will contribute to our growing domestic civil nuclear programme, as well as taking advantage of significant global market opportunities. We will be focusing our support to ensure that UK businesses have the opportunity to engage fully in these programmes.”
The NDA’s Head of Research and Development, Professor Melanie Brownridge, added: “We rely on a vibrant, dynamic supply chain and are pleased to invest in future capability. This continues a collaborative drive initiated more than 18 months ago, which is already delivering significant innovative technological progress.”
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “We are committed to nuclear power as part of the low-carbon mix of our future energy supply, and through our nuclear industrial strategy we are working in partnership with industry to grasp the multi-billion pound long-term opportunities for UK companies and for thousands of highly-skilled jobs.
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Source: NDT News