A new generation of mini reactors could be built in Scotland despite the SNP’s opposition to nuclear power.
The Sunday Times has learnt that government body Scottish Enterprise and Cavendish Nuclear, a subsidiary of Babcock International, is putting a bid together to locate a factory at Rosyth to make key elements for Rolls-Royce’s Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) nuclear programme.
The revelation that a Scottish government agency is helping make the case for jobs in an industry that the SNP has banned in Scotland led to claims of hypocrisy.
Cavendish has nuclear manufacturing capabilities at Rosyth and is part of a consortium led by Rolls investing £500 million, including £210 million of taxpayer funding, to develop SMRs, which are critical to Westminster’s push for zero-carbon energy.
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