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Rolls Royce to build nuclear manufacturing plant in Yorkshire

Rolls Royce will advance its UK nuclear manufacturing capability when it submits planning applications to Rotherham council next month to develop two new factories.

The engineering firm will submit applications for two new factories at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on the Rotherham-Sheffield border, one of which will design and manufacture internal components for future UK nuclear plants.

The other factory will produce high-tech turbine blades for jet aircraft engines and each factory is expected to employ around 180 workers. The plans also include a possible third plant to be developed at the site.

Rolls-Royce is making the investment in advance of anticipated growth in its aerospace and civil nuclear markets.

It will submit planning applications to Rotherham Council next month, and, if the plans are approved, could begin construction early next year before beginning production on-site in 2013.

Rolls-Royce finalised an agreement with energy firm Areva last month to continue to develop collaboration on nuclear build projects.

The two companies will work together to deliver new nuclear projects for Areva’s EPR reactor design including the manufacturing of complex components for nuclear power stations and will lead to the development of a joint plan to meet the demand for the first new UK nuclear reactors.

Rolls Royce provides safety-critical instrumentation and control systems to all 58 operating nuclear power facilities in France and to more than 50 others worldwide.

EDF Energy and Areva have applied for generic design acceptance for their EPR rector from the UK regulatory authorities.

The Health Service Executive and Environment Agency have announced its report will be delayed from the original date in June until after chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman’s report on the Japanese nuclear crisis is delivered in September.

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