More than 130 delegates, with hundreds more joining virtually, attended Rolls-Royce SMR’s first Supplier Conference in Sheffield yesterday to discuss their vital role deploying a global fleet of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plants.

Representatives from small, medium and large organisations – from the UK and around the world – met senior Rolls-Royce SMR executives and supply chain specialists to understand how they can get involved in this transformative decarbonisation opportunity.

Rolls-Royce SMR’s Chief Finance Officer, Peter Morton, said: “The event was the first time we’ve engaged with such a diverse group of existing and potential suppliers to explain what we need and outline how we can work together and, importantly, to better understand what they want from us.

“The event has been all about further developing the solid foundations on which we’ll build a strong, resilient and sustainable supply chain – not only is that critical to the success of our business but it will be transformational in terms of jobs, growth and social value creation.”

Organisations that have products and services to offer were encouraged to register their interest by signing up to the Rolls-Royce SMR Supplier Portal which is the first step towards becoming a Rolls-Royce SMR supplier. The Rolls-Royce SMR is the first nuclear power station to be designed and built in the UK for over a generation and offers a radically different approach to delivering new nuclear power.

Each ‘factory built’ nuclear power station will provide enough low-carbon electricity to power a million homes for more than 60 years and will create thousands of long-term, high-skilled jobs.

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