Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with a Turkish utility group to evaluate the potential for compact nuclear power stations in the Republic of Turkey.
Rolls-Royce signed the memorandum of understanding with EUAS International in its role as a member of the UK SMR consortium. The agreement commits to a study that will look at the technical, licensing, commercial and investment cases for the deployment of the consortium’s power station; potential construction processes; and market potential in Turkey and globally.
The consortium comprises Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, NNL, Nuclear AMRC, Rolls-Royce and TWI.
David Orr, consortium director at Rolls-Royce, said: “Addressing climate change is not only our planet’s most pressing long term challenge but also can be a crucial economic opportunity. Our power station is affordable, fast to deploy and is an attractive investment that will stimulate tens of thousands of jobs regionally and embed prosperity and quality of life for decades to come. Turkey’s domestic and regional nuclear power opportunities are incredibly exciting, and we look forward to exploring how our consortium’s power station will support its energy, economic and industrial ambitions.”
Yahya Yilmaz Bayraktarli, CEO of EUAS International ICC, said, “Our vision is to diversify electricity resources with nuclear power. We aim to develop a sustainable nuclear industry, which contributes to economic growth and social wealth of the country. Turkey already develops nuclear power plants of larger scale with its international partners. Competitiveness in price is an important indicator for us. The feasibility of small modular reactors is a research and development issue we continuously monitor.”
Components for compact power station will be manufactured in standardised sections in factories, before being transported to sites for rapid assembly inside a weatherproof canopy. This cuts costs by avoiding weather disruptions, provides excellent conditions for workers, and secures incremental efficiency savings by using streamlined and advanced manufacturing processes for its components. The result is lower upfront costs, and a faster, predictable construction and commissioning periods.
By 2050, a full UK programme of up to 16 of these power stations could create up to 40,000 jobs and £52 billion of value to the UK economy, as well as £250 billion of exports.
This announcement will help the provision of low carbon energy systems and marks an exciting new chapter in the strong relationship between the UK and the Republic of Turkey. Collaboration between Turkey’s energy sector and Rolls-Royce has been active since 2013 when a joint supply chain study was undertaken with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey and Istanbul Technical University.
This new agreement will see phased collaboration over two years.