In a groundbreaking development, Westinghouse Electric Company has just announced a significant partnership with Terrestrial Energy. This collaboration will bring about the creation of an Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) fuel pilot plant, set to take shape at the Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Limited facility in Preston, United Kingdom.
The agreement stems from the recent allocation of a substantial grant of nearly £3 million ($3.8 million) from the UK government's Nuclear Fuel Fund. This financial injection, awarded to Springfields, is one of three grants that collectively amount to £10.5 million, earmarked to enhance and expand the capabilities of the Westinghouse facility. These enhancements are specifically targeted at supporting the UK's future nuclear reactor endeavors.
With a legacy spanning close to 75 years, Westinghouse's Lancashire-based facility in England has been at the forefront of producing world-class nuclear fuel and related products and services. The nuclear fuel generated by Westinghouse at Springfields has played an instrumental role in driving carbon-neutral secure power generation both in the UK and globally. This contribution has been pivotal in reducing over 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions within the UK alone.
Reference: www.terrestrialenergy.com “Terrestrial Energy and Westinghouse Sign Contract for IMSR Fuel Plant at Springfields with UK Government Support”