The agreements are part of the Westinghouse strategy to buy where it builds and are deemed key milestones in the process which may lead to between 70% and 80% of the work and services required to construct the AP1000 being provided by the UK supply chain.

The three separate memoranda of understanding (MoU) put in place arrangements for Westinghouse to work on an individual basis with BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Doosan Babcock.

Areas of work in the three MoUs include design, production, fabrication and integration of modules; development of a supply base in the UK; on site erection and assembly of components; support for commissioning, nuclear component manufacturing, and safety and technical support.

Aris Candris, Westinghouse’s president and CEO, said: We are absolutely delighted to be working with BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Doosan Babcock. These partnerships are a vital component in our ambition to bring the AP1000 reactor to the UK as part of the government drive to have new nuclear capacity installed as soon as possible. They also represent significant steps towards realizing the major opportunity which new nuclear presents to UK businesses and the UK economy as a whole.