Friday, December 7, 2012

News: Key role for Nuclear AMRC in supply chain


The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham has been given a number of key tasks to ensure that UK companies can make the most of a civil nuclear supply chain worth an estimated £60 billion.

The government has published its Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan in partnership with industry that aims to ensure that the UK nuclear supply chain is best placed to develop opportunities in both the domestic and global nuclear sectors, which in turn will provide long term jobs, growth and economic benefit.

It is estimated that 16GW of new nuclear built in the UK by 2025 (in line with current industry plans) would create up to 30,000 new jobs. There will also be opportunities for manufacturing companies to get involved in the building, operating and decommissioning of the UK's new nuclear power stations.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), the Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It recently secured £37.1m from the government's Regional Growth Fund to boost their work that will ensure that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally.

As part of the new plan, the Nuclear AMRC has been tasked with helping companies enter the nuclear market, help with procurement, help UK firms engage with foreign companies and support exporting, help companies improve their processes and gain the accreditation they need, and ensure quality throughout the supply chain.

Michael Fallon, Business Minister, said: "This action plan is an important part of our work with industry to shape a vibrant UK nuclear industry, and to ensure the UK exploits the commercial opportunities that exist and is a leading player in the expanding global nuclear market.

"We are determined to exploit our strengths and believe this is a sector where a partnership between government and industry can help give the UK a competitive edge in the global race. It's a key sector in our industrial strategy."Rolls-Royce, who is investing in a large nuclear manufacturing facility in Rotherham, is the lead private sector partner in the Nuclear AMRC.

Andrew Storer, programme director at Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear, said: "Rolls-Royce is delighted that the Government is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to supporting the growth and development of the UK nuclear industry with the publication of this action plan.

"This action plan will show how Government and industry can work together to identify opportunities to ensure the UK can maximise the economic growth opportunity that will be generated from the nuclear new build programme in the UK.

"We are pleased to have been one of the many industry organisations involved in the development of this action plan, and we believe the UK supply chain will benefit significantly as a result.

"Publication of the action plan is the first step on the journey to realising benefits for the UK supply chain. Rolls-Royce is keen to continue to help ensure it is implemented successfully, alongside the deployment of a new fleet of nuclear power plants in the UK."

Rolls-Royce has a collaboration agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. to support its delivery of new nuclear reactors in the UK and a £400m agreement with AREVA that sees the companies collaborate on the UK civil nuclear market, covering nuclear new build and fuel cycle.

The world-renowned engineers have outline planning permission for a 21,000 sq m "Project PoWeR" facility on the AMP (pictured, above) that is proposed for manufacturing and assembling power vessels for the next generation of nuclear power stations. It will bring another 180 of the initial 360 jobs from Rolls-Royce.

Nuclear AMRC website

Rolls-Royce website

Images: Nuclear AMRC / Rolls-Royce / URS / Bond Bryan


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