The first £200m factory will manufacture the ‘heavy vessels’ for SMR power stations.
A further two factories will manufacture civils modules and mechanical electrical and plumbing modules.
These will be transported to sites and assembled into a nuclear power station that will generate 470MW of low-carbon electricity.
Shortlist for heavy vessels factory
- North East – IAMP Sunderland
- Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe
- North Yorkshire – Catterick 53, Richmond
- Wales – Gateway, Deeside
- Yorkshire – Ferrybridge
- Greater Lincolnshire – Grimsby & Pioneer Park, Stallingborough
- Cumbria – Kingmoor Park, Carlisle
The first factory will be the largest and most complex facility, necessitating an early to enable its deployment.
It is expected to be around 23,000 sq m in size, the equivalent of three football pitches and will create more than 200 permanent roles.
Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR receives the go-ahead to build a fleet of SMRs in the UK.
Rolls-Royce SMR Chief Executive, Tom Samson, said: “The final location will come from the shortlist and will result in significant investment, long-term high-skilled jobs and will support the UK Government’s aspirations for levelling-up.
“Today’s announcement is another example of the pace of our project and why Rolls-Royce SMR is the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion.”