Lord Mandelson announces £25m NAMRCPosted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 in News| Share this article
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today provided a major boost for the UK’s civil nuclear industry with a package of announcements to help British businesses seize the opportunities this growth sector presents.
Speaking at the University of Sheffield’s award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) he announced:
- A new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) to be based in South Yorkshire alongside the AMRC, led by the University of Sheffield with Rolls-Royce as the lead industrial partner.
- Rolls-Royce’s intention in principle to base their civil nuclear factory in South Yorkshire. This factory is part of an investment programme that Rolls-Royce announced on 28 July 2009, which included £45m of investment from the Government.
- A Nuclear Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for both Yorkshire and the Northwest, led by both regional development agencies. UK companies have the potential to provide up to 70% of the work on construction of components for new nuclear power plants, and the LCEA will support the development of UK capability to win this business.
The new £25m NAMRC led by the University of Sheffield with Rolls-Royce, supported by the University of Manchester, will be based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park. Funding for the project comprises £15million from the Department of Business, Industry and Skills and £10m from the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.
It is the intention of Rolls-Royce that the NAMRC will be a centre of excellence for research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies that will deliver step change, lower cost, high-integrity components to the UK nuclear industry.
The NAMRC will form part of its existing, international research centre network, and will complement the AMRC in Sheffield. The announcement further consolidates the University of Sheffield’s outstanding international reputation as home to one of the UK´s leading Faculties of Engineering, with an outstanding record of partnership with industry and job creation. Low carbon energy is one of the University’s key research themes, from nuclear to new forms of solar energy.