New support for civil nuclear industry outlined

The Government has outlined new support for the civil nuclear industry, including a multi-million pound upgrade of nuclear laboratories. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson outlined a package of measures he said would provide "real help", including a new research centre which will be based in Sheffield.

The Government has outlined new support for the civil nuclear industry, including a multi-million pound upgrade of nuclear laboratories. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson outlined a package of measures he said would provide "real help", including a new research centre which will be based in Sheffield.

He also announced an additional £8 million to upgrade nuclear laboratories at Manchester University's Dalton Nuclear Institute as well as the creation of a nuclear low carbon economic area in the North West and Yorkshire. Rolls-Royce's planned civil nuclear factory will be based in South Yorkshire, he said during a visit to Sheffield.

Lord Mandelson said: "We know that we have to make the transition to a low carbon future, and the Government is determined to ensure that British businesses get the support they need to seize the business opportunities that transition creates.

"The civil nuclear sector is one of the key low carbon industries where the UK has the potential for job creation, economic growth and engineering and manufacturing excellence. Today's announcement is about investing in our future. A greener, smarter, more skilled, more balanced British economy."

The minister said the creation of a low carbon economic area would give a focus to investment, developments and skills support he believed would benefit companies across the UK.

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Yorkshire Forward said: "The UK's nuclear programme is expected to create over 4,500 engineering jobs over the next 25 years and more than a £1bn a year to the industry. This investment, and others like it, puts the region at the very heart of the UK's energy sector and cements our position as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, to a global marketplace."

 

              

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