The President of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Koguchi Masanori, and the Director of Poland’s National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), Professor Krzysztof Kurek have signed an Implementing Arrangement regarding the cooperation in research and development in the field of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors technology.

Poland has been cooperating with Japan for several years in implementing the technology of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). This type of test facility was built in Japan and is operating successfully. In May 2021, the Polish Government decided to proceed to the next stage of research and development (R&D) of the HTGR technology, and NCBJ started work on the conceptual design of the HTGR research reactor. The task is to create a basic design and a pre-prepared safety report.

After establishing research cooperation in 2019, NCBJ and JAEA started negotiations to expand cooperation in the area of research and development in the field of HTGR technology. An Implementing Arrangement signed by JAEA and NCBJ in September 2019 has now been supplemented. The new arrangement provides for R&D cooperation on the project of the main HTGR research reactor, which would be built in Poland at the NCBJ. The contract concluded in parallel provides for the provision of technical information to NCBJ regarding the Japanese HTGR R&D. The documentation, which JAEA will hand over to NCBJ by 2024, will be intended for joint use in the partners' work.

Image: The IA was signed by the Director of NCBJ, Professor Krzysztof Kurek, and JAEA's President Koguchi Masanori in Tokyo (courtesy of JAEA)