Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster has welcomed Last Energy, a developer of small modular nuclear reactors, to Cumbria. 

They have also supported its engagement with the UK nuclear supply chain and pursuit of bringing clean nuclear power development to the region.

Last Energy's head of strategy Michelle Brechtelsbauer, policy manager Ruth Checknoff and head of safety and licensing Gethin Jenkins were keen to learn more about the fabrication capability and skills engagement in Cumbria and how this could support the scaled development of Small Modular Reactors. 

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Ms Brechtelsbauer said: "We are delighted to be joining BECBC. The introductions made during our visit are key to the work we are envisaging in Cumbria and beyond.

"We hope to be working with the region’s supply chain in creating affordable clean energy solutions and more business opportunities while working to create positive outcomes for the wider community."

In their first exploratory visit to the UK regarding the build of SMRs, the energy developer toured a number of BECBC member facilities including TSP, West Cumberland Engineers, PAR Systems, James Walker, Delkia and Bendalls Engineering.

They also had the opportunity to gain insight into the wider supply chain’s capabilities and strength of collaboration through conversations with McMenon Engineering, Solomon’s Europe, DSD Construction, AVRS Systems, RBES Electrical and Responsive. 

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Dianne Richardson, chief executive of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, said: "We’re always delighted to welcome companies who are looking for supply chain capability and social value engagement to Cumbria and support their visits.

"Lee Grears, chair of BECBC, and myself were very proud to tour member facilities and showcase what this area, and our members, have to offer.

"The icing on the cake was welcoming Last Energy as our newest member here at BECBC."