Nuclear centre planned

Britain’s nuclear future is set to be guided by findings from a new £25m Manchester research centre.

Manchester University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute has announced plans to establish a new Centre for Nuclear Energy Technology (C-NET), which will train nuclear industry professionals and provide access to independent academic research.

The first phase of investment will start this year and will see a £16m investment over three years.

The proposal has been endorsed by the North West Science Council. Manchester University will invest in the centre and further funding is now being sought from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

The institute will seek further funding from research councils, income generated through the work of researchers and investment from industry.

Regional and private sector investment in C-NET will help establish critical capabilities required to support the nuclear industry and help attract and support nuclear build companies in the region.

The new build market for nuclear reactors is estimated to be worth tens of billions of pounds with potential for 70 to 80 per cent delivered within the UK. C-NET’s aim will be to supply a new generation of science, engineering and technology graduates to support this industry.