The South West is the premier destination for nuclear investment, innovation and growth in the UK

The Southwest has unique and in-depth capability across:

  • Nuclear New Build (NNB) – the region hosts the only live new build project in the UK (the most recent in Europe) and the supply chain development that supports it, creating a lasting legacy for future new nuclear
  • Existing Nuclear Fleets and the associated operation, maintenance and life extension
  • Workforce Development, Skills and Vocational Training for today and tomorrow’s nuclear workforce
  • Decommissioning on existing licensed sites in Berkeley, Oldbury, Hinkley and Winfrith and within nuclear submarine defence, plus associated developments to improve decommissioning, both in the UK and for export globally
  • Advanced Technologies as part of the roadmap for nuclear, leading to a net zero economy by 2050.
  • Innovation – The South West Nuclear Hub brings together academic research and development within an extensive partnership of world class Universities including Bristol and Oxford.

Nuclear South West provide a platform for businesses to understand and take advantage of  opportunities


Nuclear South West is the cluster for the South West of England, bringing together partners from the public sector, industry and academia to collaborate and harness the expertise from other regional sectors including aerospace & advanced manufacturing, digital & creative, defence, cyber, photonics, robotics, energy and marine technologies


A separate, dedicated Hinkley Supply Chain team, delivered by SWMAS, Somerset Chambers of Commerce and Business West, works with EDF and its main contractors to understand and support the Hinkley Point C supply chain, identify opportunities for local suppliers and help build capability to ultimately win contracts worth many £M’s

Some of the live projects and initiatives in the South West:

  • New Nuclear Build (NNB) and design via the EPR Design Centre
  • Fusion power and the siting of the STEP programme
  • Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)
  • Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) – Gen IV fission
  • Hot Robotics
  • Regulation and Planning
  • Defence Decommissioning
  • Deep Geological Disposal