Tajikistan to refurbish research reactor

19 January 2016


Tajikistan's Academy of Sciences has started to implement the governmental programme to refurbish and restart the Argus-FTI research reactor, Academy President Farkhod Rahimi said on 14 January.

Argus is a 20MW homogeneous molten salt reactor which was built at the Umarov Physical and Technical Institute in Dushanbe but was never operated. A similar reactor was built at Russia's Kurchatov Institute.

The work to restore Argus-FTI will be undertaken with Russian assistance. The first stage of the programme (2016-2017) provides for training of the staff, design and survey activities, and production of the project documentation. The second stage (2018-2020) will involve the refurbishment of the reactor and construction of facilities to produce radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals.

The cost of the programme is $35m, including $16.34m at the first stage and $18.66m at the second stage. The reactor equipment has been "mothballed" but preliminary investigations have shown that two thirds of the equipment is useable. However, complete replacement of the reactor control system is required.



Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.