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Per the agreement, these partners will collaborate to deploy Westinghouse’s AP300 small modular reactor fleet in the U.K.’s North Teesside region.
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed an agreement with the Community Nuclear Power to accelerate the deployment of a privately-financed small modular reactor (SMR) fleet. The Westinghouse AP300 SMR will be deployed with commercial operation scheduled for the early 2030s.
Per the agreement, four AP300 SMRs will be built in the North Teesside region of northeast England. Teesside is experiencing significant industrial and economic development, increasing the demand for carbon-free, reliable electricity. Community Nuclear Power (CNP) is working with strategic partners, including Jacobs and Interpath Advisory, to develop a fully licensed site for the project by 2027.
“This project brings together Westinghouse’s proven technology and mature supply chain with our depth of expertise in nuclear program delivery, in a region that is transforming its industrial landscape,” said Paul Foster, CEO, Community Nuclear Power. “We are delighted to be working with Westinghouse in support of private deployment in North Teesside.”
The project aligns with the U.K. Government Alternative Routes to Market for New Nuclear Projects consultation and supports Westinghouse’s participation in Great British Nuclear’s (GBN) SMR technology selection procedure. The collaboration will further expand the scale for workforce, training, and supply chain localization with multiple deployment projects.
In May of 2023, Westinghouse launched the AP300 SMR based on an advanced, large-scale Generation III+ reactor already in operation globally: proven AP1000 technology. The AP300 SMR utilizes the AP1000 engineering, components, and supply chain, enabling streamlined licensing and leveraging available technical skills. Economics of the AP300 SMR are based on robust analysis and existing project costs from AP1000 reactors already in operation or under development.
“We want to thank Community Nuclear Power for this tremendous opportunity to deliver our advanced, proven AP300 SMR technology to the U.K. market,” said David Durham, Westinghouse President, Energy Systems. “Our AP300 SMR is ideally suited not just to support grid generation, but also for industrial sites for generating clean and secure energy and the ability to produce hydrogen, e-fuels, desalination and district heating.”