The Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed the announcement that GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will receive £33.6 million in grant funding from the UK Government’s Future Nuclear Enabling Fund and will enter the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for its BWRX-300.
Reacting to the announcement, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“This funding shows the UK is committed to supporting SMR development that we need to deliver clean power for net zero and good, green jobs for our communities.
“GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 has already been ordered for deployment in Canada by a serious and respected nuclear utility in Ontario Power Generation, so it certainly has the potential to play a part in the UK’s own nuclear programme. The design is already being assessed by US and Canadian regulators, so this is also an early chance for the UK to show that we are serious about streamlining regulations and working efficiently with our allies to expedite nuclear deployment.”
About the NIA
The NIA is the trade body of the UK civil nuclear industry, representing more than 270 companies operating across the sector.