AREVA TA, the Italian group ANSALDO NUCLEARE, and the Spanish group EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS have been awarded a contract to perform preliminary studies for the new MYRRHA research reactor by SCK•CEN, the Belgian nuclear energy research center.
As leader of the consortium, AREVA TA will be awarded more than half of the total amount of the contract, valued at 24 million euros. The contract scope includes estimating the investment and operation cost for the reactor, validation of performance objectives, preparation for an operating license, and the definition of a detailed project schedule. AREVA TA will provide technical coordination and manage the overall nuclear design, as well as performing the studies for the general installation, safety, and instrumentation & control.
The MYRRHA research reactor will contribute to the development of transmutation as a technique for recycling and processing highly radioactive waste. MYRRHA is scheduled to enter full operation in 2024-2025.
Benoît Bazire, CEO of AREVA TA, declared: “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."