The nuclear reactor at Kjeller can be closed

A safety review has revealed serious damage to the nuclear reactor at Kjeller. Now it is considered closed on a permanent basis.

According to Teknisk Ukeblad , the Jeep2 reactor has serious corrosion damage.

The errors were discovered when the reactor was depleted of nuclear fuel and heavy water during a safety review. The reactor is operated by the Institute of Energy Technology (IFE), which assesses whether it should be shut down.

– Yes, it is one of the things we now have to consider, says CEO Nils Morten Huseby.

– There are safety-critical components that are damaged and it will be an expensive and time-consuming process to carry out a repair. How expensive and time consuming we do not know yet. That’s what we’re investigating now, says the director.

A possible closure is something a board meeting will decide on April 25, writes Teknisk Ukeblad.

IFE’s board of directors decided in June last year to close down the business at the Halden reactor and not apply for a new operating license. The current license expires in 2020.

If the Kjeller reactor is shut down, Norway will no longer have any nuclear reactors. Both have been used for research purposes and the Jeep2 reactor at Kjeller is used for basic research in physics and for the production of drugs.

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