GEH And Sheffield Forgemasters To Support SMR Deployment In The UK

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH, ENS Corporate Member) and Sheffield Forgemasters have agreed to cooperate in support of the potential deployment of the BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) in the United Kingdom.

Through a memorandum of understanding GEH and Sheffield Forgemasters agree to discuss how the Sheffield-based company’s existing and future capabilities could help meet the potential demands of BWRX-300 deployment.

SMRs have the potential to become a standard for civil nuclear power generation and as an emerging technology, our long track record of supplying nuclear grade components brings a wealth of technical forging experience to the market

said David Bond, CEO, Sheffield Forgemasters.

Indeed, small modular reactors (SMRs) can provide utility and industrial customers greater flexibility than traditional reactor designs and can deliver clean, carbon-emission free energy that can be used to supply several commodities including electricity, hydrogen, ammonia, synthetic fuels, district and industrial heat.

Read the full GEH Press Release.

Advanced nuclear technologies like the BWRX-300 are a key pillar of GE’s energy transition leadership.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MW water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety systems. It produces no carbon during operation and has been designed to achieve construction and operating costs that are substantially lower than traditional nuclear power generation technologies.

GEH already signed several MoUs for the study and possible deployment of its SMR technology in Canada, USA, Sweden, and Estonia. In Poland, Orlen Synthos Green Energy recently submitted to Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency the application for the assessment of BWRX-300 technology.