Nuclear energy research centre awarded £37m

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MINISTERS from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills yesterday awarded £37m to a Yorkshire centre which has been set up to supply a new generation of nuclear power stations.

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is a joint venture between Sheffield University and Rolls-Royce and its bosses aim to help British business tap into the global market.

The centre’s director, Professor Keith Ridgeway, said he was delighted to receive the boost from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

He said: “This is a vital opportunity for British manufacturing companies.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable added: “Our energy sector is a vital part of our economy, and we are determined to maximise the opportunities for the UK from the nuclear and low carbon industries.”