Rolls-Royce SMR hits back at nuclear jibe from former Minister

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Rolls-Royce SMR hits back after former Minister pours scorn on Britain’s nuclear energy plan

Rolls-Royce SMR, the offshoot of the engineering giant that runs its small reactor programme, has hit back after a former Minister poured scorn on Britain’s nuclear energy plan. 

In a damning assessment of Boris Johnson’s premiership, Tory MP Jesse Norman last week said the Government ‘seems to lack a sense of mission’, adding: ‘As a former Energy Minister I can tell you there is zero chance that this or any government will be able to build a nuclear power station a year at any point in the next decade.’ 

The future: Rolls-Royce SMR is the offshoot of the engineering giant that runs its small reactor programme

The future: Rolls-Royce SMR is the offshoot of the engineering giant that runs its small reactor programme

But Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We are bringing to market the capacity to produce two SMR units a year once our factory is established.’ 

It is hoped Hinkley Point C in Somerset will start running in June 2027, after a series of delays. 

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said: ‘Our British Energy Security Strategy includes a commitment to approve eight new nuclear reactors by 2030. 

‘These include new nuclear options such as small nuclear reactors.’

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