SMRs get a boost as Hinkley  faces a challenge

This month has been notable for the considerable boost given to the development of the small modular reactor (SMR). Much of this has come from positive announcements in the United States and the United Kingdom but the SMR “small is beautiful” cause has also been helped by further questioning of the financial aspects of the large-scale Hinkley Point C project and question marks over the Moorside scheme.

January has been something of a “curate’s egg” of a month for nuclear energy. The term derives from a Punch cartoon published in 1895 which shows a timid looking curate eating breakfast in his Bishop’s house. The Bishop says: “I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg Mr. Jones.” The curate, desperate not to offend, replies: “Oh no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent.” That’s how I felt as the mixed nuclear messages appeared.

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