Atkins wins job to develop small nuclear reactors alongside Rolls Royce – New Civil Engineer

08 Feb, 2022 By Catherine Moore
Atkins SNC-Lavalin has been appointed as an engineering supplier by Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) as it enters a new phase of its pioneering programme.
Building on its role as a Phase One partner in the original UK SMR consortium, Atkins SNC-Lavalin will now provide engineering services and specialist support to Rolls Royce SMR as it builds its business.
Last year, the government pledged £210M of funding towards development of the new Rolls-Royce SMR, matched by private sector funding of over £250M.
Rolls-Royce SMR is developing low-cost, low-carbon nuclear SMR plants that could play a significant role in domestic and international decarbonisation targets, with plans to have the first UK plant operational by the early 2030s.
During the first phase of the programme Atkins led the unique modular design of the SMR power station which will be critical to its success: approximately 90% of the manufacturing and assembly activities are carried out in factory conditions, significantly reducing cost and build time.
As an approved supplier, SNC-Lavalin’s UK team will now offer civil, structural and architectural support along with safety and regulatory services, waste management, mechanical handling, mechanical and process engineering, project management, and digital services.
SNC Lavalin president and chief executive Ian Edwards said that SMRs “will enable the deployment of dependable, low-carbon technology swiftly and cost-effectively”. He described this as “an attractive prospect to many countries aiming to decarbonise generation and meet net zero commitments”.
SNC Lavalin nuclear president Sandy Taylor added: “Clean, reliable nuclear power is an important pillar in a net zero energy system, from large nuclear plants to SMRs. Our continued work with Rolls-Royce SMR affords us the opportunity to share our nuclear expertise and play an integral role in applying the benefits of modularised solutions to critical energy infrastructure”
Rolls Royce SMR chief executive Tom Samson said that SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing involvement is “incredibly important”.
“As Phase One partners they contributed to our development in important areas such as regulation and a breath of engineering challenges,” he said. “We look forward to working collaboratively as we target the deployment of Rolls-Royce SMRs and our shared decarbonisation objectives.”
Rolls-Royce SMR 470MW plants have the potential to support both on-grid electricity and off-grid solutions, including the decarbonisation of industrial processes and production of clean fuels.
The UK is investing millions into the nuclear industry, including up to £1.7bn to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project to a final investment decision, and a new £120M Future Nuclear Enabling Fund to provide targeted support towards further nuclear projects as part of the Net Zero Strategy.
New nuclear has a crucial role to play in providing reliable, affordable, low carbon energy as Britain works to reduce its dependency on volatile fossil fuels and exposure to global gas price spikes.
SMRs have the potential to be less expensive to build than traditional nuclear power plants because of their smaller size.
Their modular nature of the components offers the potential for parts to be produced in dedicated factories and shipped by road to site – reducing construction time and cost.
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