UK Government Selects X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear for First Advanced Modular Reactor Award from Future Nuclear Enabling Fund

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X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear have been awarded £3.34 million from the UK Government’s Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF). This will be matched by X-energy for a total program of £6.68 million. The funding will be used to develop plans for Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) in the UK, including assessing manufacturing and supply chain opportunities, modularisation studies, and fuel management. The companies have also partnered with Kier Group, Sheffield Forgemasters, and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) to support construction and supply chain analyses and ensure that 80% of the Xe-100 project’s value flows to UK firms. The aim is to create jobs and long-term energy security in the UK with clean and reliable nuclear power. The FNEF is designed to help potential nuclear projects with mature technologies reduce project risks so they are better positioned for future investment decisions. X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear plan to develop a 12-reactor plant at Hartlepool and deploy up to 40 advanced small modular Xe-100 reactors in the UK, providing electricity for 6 million homes or versatile high temperature heat and steam to support zero-carbon manufacturing and industrial processes. The companies will engage with UK nuclear regulators to evaluate approaches to licensing the Xe-100 AMR, which is already progressing through assessments in Canada and the United States.

X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear have secured £3.34 million from the UK Government’s Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) to develop plans for Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) in the UK. This funding will be matched by X-energy, resulting in a total program budget of £6.68 million. The aim of the project is to create jobs and ensure long-term energy security in the UK through the use of clean and reliable nuclear power.

The AMRs are expected to play a crucial role in the UK’s energy sector by providing electricity for 6 million homes and supporting zero-carbon manufacturing and industrial processes. The companies plan to develop a 12-reactor plant at Hartlepool and deploy up to 40 advanced small modular Xe-100 reactors across the country.

To support the construction and supply chain analyses, X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear have partnered with Kier Group, Sheffield Forgemasters, and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). The collaboration aims to ensure that 80% of the project’s value flows to UK firms, boosting the domestic nuclear industry.

The funding from the FNEF will be utilized for various purposes, including assessing manufacturing and supply chain opportunities, conducting modularisation studies, and managing fuel requirements. The companies will also engage with UK nuclear regulators to evaluate approaches to licensing the Xe-100 AMR. It is worth noting that the Xe-100 AMR is already undergoing assessments in Canada and the United States.

The nuclear industry in the UK has the potential to be a significant contributor to the country’s energy sector. With the advancement of AMRs, there is an opportunity to improve the efficiency and sustainability of nuclear power generation. This development aligns with the UK government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning towards a low-carbon economy.

While the project shows promising prospects, there are challenges and issues related to the nuclear industry that need to be addressed. Safety concerns, waste management, and public acceptance are some of the key areas that require attention. However, the collaboration between X-energy, Cavendish Nuclear, and other industry partners, along with the support from the government, indicates a shared commitment to overcome these challenges and unlock the potential of nuclear power in the UK.

For more information about the UK nuclear industry and ongoing developments, you can visit the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy website.

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Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC)