The MoU presents an opportunity to explore areas of collaboration for the Rolls-Royce SMR plant, for deployment both in the Czech Republic and broader central European regions.

For over 60 years, Škoda JS has specialised in the production of pressurised water reactors (PWR) and critical components including reactor pressure vessels (RPVs), RPV internals, control rod drive mechanisms (CRDMs) and safety control systems – supported by broader engineering design, calculation and analytical support services.

Under the MoU, both companies will work together to understand how the world-class capabilities Škoda JS possess, in areas of nuclear engineering and manufacturing, can support the efficient deployment of Rolls-Royce SMR power plants across Europe.

Alan Woods, Business Development and Strategy Director says

“As a factory manufactured product – with 90% of the entire Rolls-Royce SMR power plant built in factory conditions – having the right partners in key locations around the World is an important aspect of our international delivery model.

“We see a tremendous opportunity to develop International strategic supply chain partners from whom we can benefit from their decades of ongoing manufacturing knowledge. We are pleased to be discussing these opportunities with such a capable supplier as Škoda JS”.

Milos Mostecky, Commercial Director of ŠKODA JS says

“SMR is a logical route the nuclear industry is taking to make nuclear energy more accessible and affordable in the immediate future. Our shops in Pilsen were originally designed to produce the components for 440MW reactors. The potential for utilisation of our engineering, manufacturing and maintenance capabilities and know-how for SMR projects in Europe is, therefore, significant.”