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UK industry will play a key role in delivering a fleet of new nuclear power stations across Britain and nuclear businesses have the potential to secure tens of billions of pounds for the wider UK economy, and create thousands of highly skilled jobs. The NIA works with the UK industry to maximise the opportunities.

As a pioneer in the development of nuclear power generation, the UK has a legacy of nuclear power generation in various stages of closing down and decommissioning. This has resulted in a wealth of experience in decommissioning which is highly valued in new international markets.

Below are the relevant links and information on each of the major nuclear supplier portals. Visit the sites to stay up to date with all of the latest developments and contract opportunities.

Essential Guide

NIA members, along with contributions from leading nuclear companies and regulators, have developed Stage 3 of The Essential Guide for the Nuclear New Build Supply Chain.

This document set out the scale of opportunities and the key issues for UK industry including the latest market position and nuclear industry requirements.

Stage 3 has been developed with the input of developers, technology vendors and a number of Tier 1 companies who have major involvement in the nuclear industry. Input has also been provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to ensure it has the widest possible cross-industry support.

Maintain support for SMEs to bid for work in the nuclear sector

There will be a continuing need for Government support to enable industry, particularly SMEs, to capitalise on the opportunities from both nuclear new build and decommissioning. Institutions such as the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) have a key role to play in supporting the sector. The Fit For Nuclear programme has seen almost 100 companies go through the assessment and are now ready to bid for work in the sector. It is important that funding is maintained for this programme to support smaller businesses.


The UK is a global leader in the nuclear industry, a position built up through 60 years’ safe delivery of nuclear energy. UK firms are in a position to capture significant share in markets around the world.

The UK offers capability and expertise across the entire nuclear lifecycle from design of plant to decommissioning and waste management. This makes the UK the partner of choice in nuclear energy developments across the world.

As a pioneer in nuclear technology, the UK is home to some of the world’s leading nuclear companies within a mature and flexible supply chain. These firms have a long track record of planning, design and construction, operations and monitoring as well as life extension and decommissioning.

Helping you export

A growing number of UK companies are exploiting international opportunities and there are a number of ways the Government and the NIA can help support your venture overseas. The Department for International Trade (DIT) can help you increase your presence in markets overseas, develop international partnerships and guide you through any challenges in accessing markets.

To find out more information on how DIT can help your organisation, export controls and the latest opportunities visit the Department’s website and contact the nuclear team.