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Factory-built nuclear power plants could be operating in Czech Republic by early 2030s

31 January 2023

A delegation from Rolls-Royce travelled to the Czech Republic recently to discuss plans for deploying a fleet of small modular rectors (SMRs) in the region. Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce SMR CEO, led the visit which builds on an agreement signed between Rolls-Royce and Czech utility company CEZ in 2020.

Image: Rolls-Royce SMR
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Rolls-Royce SMR has been working with CEZ on plans to deploy SMRs as a way to provide long-term energy security, meet net zero targets and decarbonise both electricity networks and industry. The visit looked at the routes to deploying Rolls-Royce SMRs in the Czech Republic and at opportunities to build on expertise in the supply chain from both countries.

Tom Samson said: “There is a significant opportunity to export our British technology to the Czech Republic and the wider region in support of their low-carbon energy aspirations. Rolls-Royce SMR has developed a factory-built power station that can provide clean, affordable electricity for generations to come.

“The Czech Republic has a strong nuclear heritage and, by combining the skills and expertise from the two countries, we can find a route to bring this technology here by the early 2030s, in a way that brings huge benefits for all.”

The senior representatives from Rolls-Royce SMR were joined by The Minister of State for Trade Policy, The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP. Mr Hands said: “Exporting not only helps businesses grow, but also supports jobs, drives productivity and boosts the economy. I’m proud to be supporting Rolls-Royce SMR in Czech Republic and hope these discussions lead to exciting opportunities for the British brand.

“As the recent Energy Minister, I understand the important role small modular reactors offer for enhancing energy security.”

The visit included a trip to Skoda JS and Doosan Skoda Power manufacturing facilities in Pilsen which, alongside Rolls-Royce SMR factories in the UK, could form an important part of the plans to deploy Rolls-Royce SMRs in the Czech Republic, the company said.

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