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Areva secures Belgian MYRRHA reactor project contract

EBR Staff Writer Published 14 October 2013

The Belgian nuclear energy research center (SCK•CEN) has awarded a contract to Areva, Ansaldo Nucleare and Agrupados to perform preliminary studies for the new multi-purpose hybrid research reactor for high-tech applications (MYRRHA) research reactor.

Valued at €24m, the contract covers estimation of the investment and operation cost for the reactor, evaluation of performance objectives, preparation for an operating license, as well as the definition of a detailed project schedule.

Receiving more than half of the total contract amount, Arvea, as the consortium lead, will provide technical coordination, manage the overall nuclear design, apart from conducting studies for the general installation, safety, and instrumentation and control.

Areva CEO Benoît Bazire said, ''This contract is recognition of our expertise in nuclear engineering and research reactor design by our customer SCK-CEN, one of the largest nuclear research centers in the world."

Scheduled to enter full operation in 2024 to 2025 timeframe, the MYRRHA research reactor is expected to contribute to the development of transmutation as a technique for recycling and processing highly radioactive waste.