Springfields has been at the heart of the UK nuclear industry for over 75 years. The first site in the world to produce fuel for a commercial nuclear power station, the site today employs more than 800 highly skilled workers.
Nuclear technologies are rapidly advancing across a wide range of fields including clean energy generation, decommissioning and clean-up of the nuclear legacy, and industrial and medical applications.
The Clean Energy Technology Park at Springfields provides a collaborative hub for demonstrating and accelerating the commercialisation of a broad range of nuclear-related technologies.
Westinghouse is inviting technology developers, the supply chain and academia to co-locate at the Clean Energy Technology Park where large areas of land and facilities are available for development.
Develop and demonstrate Advanced Nuclear Technologies which includes SMR, Gen IV, fusion and other industrial and medical applications.
Build a centre of excellence for nuclear materials management delivering a one stop shop to meet customers needs.
Develop advanced fuel technologies, harnessing the world-leading manufacturing facilities and operational excellence which already exist on the Springfields site.
“ As the UK’s centre for collaborative research and support for the nuclear manufacturing supply chain, we believe that the proposed Clean Energy Technology Park at Springfields will bring significant value to the sector.
This development can play a vital role in delivering the UK’s net-zero target and supporting sustainable economic growth in the North of England. As well as carrying out vital R&D to ensure that a new generation of advanced reactor can be powered by fuel made in the UK, the proposed park can act as a hub for the broader clean energy sector, tackling challenges such as hydrogen production, desalination and cogeneration.
The established nuclear cluster around Preston has a wealth of expertise which can be transferred into new low-carbon technologies, and this development will promote sustainable growth and job creation. We intend to collaborate with the CETP development, and are already considering areas of benefit which we can bring to the local supply chain. ”
CEO, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
“ The proposed Clean Energy Technology Park would mark an important evolution in the future of the Springfields site and be a major step towards allowing nuclear energy to realise its full potential as a means of helping the UK to reach its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Springfields is one of the most advanced nuclear fuel manufacturing facilities in the world and supplies all the UK Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear fuel which delivers around 32% of the UK’s clean energy as well as exporting other nuclear fuel products to customers worldwide. As the UK transitions towards Net Zero carbon emissions in 2050, I am delighted that the Clean Energy Technology Park will be located at Springfields, which will ensure the site remains at the forefront of advancements in nuclear technology, providing highly skilled jobs and enabling innovation to flourish in the North West ”
CEO, National Nuclear Laboratory
“ The UK urgently needs a road map to a net zero economy. The Clean Energy Technology Park helps to meet this need and provides the basis for a just transition to the high quality jobs of the future.
The north west region must remain a hub for the skilled energy workforce essential to delivering the government’s green growth strategy ”
Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect
“ The Springfields site is already a world-class facility and a key strategic asset to the UK. The Clean Energy Technology Park will only add to its ability to play a significant role in the UK’s process towards net zero by 2050.
It will bring much needed investment to the north west of England and provide long-term, highly skilled jobs. ”
National Officer, Unite
“ As the Chair of Lancashire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, I am delighted to lend my support to the Clean Energy Technology Park project.
I think this is an important development not just for the Northern Powerhouse but for the UK as a whole, creating a facility which will be central to the government’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and put the region at the heart of the development of a new model of nuclear power generation. ”
Chair, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
“ The Clean Energy Technology Park sits at the heart of the North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) which is the most concentrated cluster of nuclear capability to be found anywhere in Europe. This place of global excellence has become the bedrock of the economy in its local communities who in turn have provided a pipeline of highly skilled workers for decades.
We are excited by the opportunities offered by the vision for the Springfields site and continue to be fully committed to the synergetic relationship between industry and community that will bring about our green collar nuclear jobs of the future. ”