The supply chain behind the UK nuclear sector is to get a £13 million boost.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has joined forces with other public bodies to deliver the funds with the aim of growing a “robust, sustainable UK supply chain through the development of innovative products and services for the nuclear sector”.
The move follows the decision to build Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station in the UK for almost 20 years.
The initiative, involving the Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the NDA, will focus on areas including construction, manufacturing, operation, maintenance, decommissioning and waste.
Energy minister Michael Fallon said: “We are committed to nuclear power as part of the low carbon mix of our future energy supply. And through our nuclear industrial strategy we are working in partnership with industry to grasp the multi-billion pound long-term opportunities for UK companies and for thousands of highly skilled jobs.
“This funding will help UK companies to compete for contracts in areas like construction, manufacturing, operation, maintenance and decommissioning and waste. We want to build a robust UK-based supply chain for existing and future nuclear power stations.”
Melanie Brownridge, the NDA's head of research and development, said: “We rely on a vibrant, dynamic supply chain and are pleased to invest in future capability.”