MYRRHA identified as a priority by Europe

Date: 2010-12-29

In its 2010 roadmap, ESFRI (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures) identifies 50 projects to be carried out – new research infrastructures or infrastructures requiring important upgrades – so that Europe can remain at the forefront of research in the next 10 to 20 years. Among these 50 infrastructures, 7 pertain to energy security and combating climate change, including one Belgian project, MYRRHA, the research infrastructure of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN).

MYRRHA is a multi-functional research infrastructure, the fruit of several years of research carried out at SCK•CEN. This infrastructure is globally unique for studies on the treatment of nuclear waste, on materials and fuels for fission and on materials for fusion. Beyond the role that MYRRHA is preparing to play in research on the reduction of the half-life and quantity of the most radiotoxic waste, this infrastructure will also contribute to the continuous provision of radio-isotopes for medical use and the production of doped silicon, an essential component of electronic circuits in renewable energy applications and hybrid cars.

10 years of research recognised by international experts and a second European accolade

2010 is the year of all recognition for MYRRHA:

5 March:

The Belgian government announces its support for the project.

5 April:

South Korea is the first country to officially show its interest in involvement in MYRRHA

6 October:

SCK•CEN and the Chinese Academy of Sciences sign a collaboration agreement on the exchange of expertise in the field of nuclear research for peaceful purposes in the presence of the Belgian and Chinese Prime Ministers. China sees in MYRRHA a research infrastructure preparing the solution for the treatment of its nuclear waste.

25 October:

In the presence of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Prime Minister Yves Leterme, the Kazakh National Nuclear Centre, Kazatomprom and SCK•CEN sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the exchange of expertise in research on peaceful applications and sustainable development for nuclear energy and the development of MYRRHA.

15 November:

The European sustainable nuclear industrial initiative (ESNII) resulting from the Strategic European Commission plan (SET plan) in favour of carbon-free energy technologies announces having selected three projects including MYRRHA.

29 November:

MYRRHA is among the 50 priority projects identified by ESFRI.

MYRRHA has a budget of 960 million euros of which 40% will be financed by the Belgian Federal State. The infrastructure will be put in place in 2023.

More Information :

Prof. Dr Hamid Aït Abderrahim
Deputy Director‐General of SCK•CEN and MYRRHA project Director
+32 14 33 34 00

Anne Verledens
+32 14 33 25 86

Cathy Schoels
+32 477 680 280