Rolls-Royce wins UKAEA multi-discliplinary design engineering framework

June 2, 2020 - Rolls-Royce has been awarded a full-service engineering design framework contract with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the government research organisation responsible for the development of nuclear fusion power.

The four-year framework means that Rolls-Royce will support the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects covering mechanical engineering; process engineering; electrical control and instrumentation; minor structural design engineering; computer-based modelling and simulations; and specialist nuclear services.

Chris Tierney, Executive Vice President, Rolls-Royce, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to help deliver a key part of the planet’s long-term low carbon power supply.

“We have 60 years of experience pioneering fission-based power, including small modular reactors, as well as systems and components for the nuclear industry.  We feel a very strong connection to UKAEA’s purpose and mission and will be bringing Rolls-Royce’s combined experience in innovation and product development, as well as nuclear know-how, to help deliver UKAEA’s programme goals.”

Paula Barham, UKAEA’s Head of Procurement, said: “This framework will be a key means for UKAEA to access the highly-skilled supply chain offered by the winners. All successful tenderers are to be congratulated for winning a place on a hotly contested framework. We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce, as well as with all the other framework winners, as we seek to solve the huge technical challenges presented by the development of sustainable fusion energy.”

Rolls-Royce is also providing both heat exchangers and back-up power systems to Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, as well as supplying instrumentation and control systems to around half of the world’s nuclear reactors.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

Annual underlying revenue was £15.3 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.

In 2019, Rolls-Royce invested £1.45 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

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