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Netherland's HFR restarts
21 March, 2022
The High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten in the Netherlands – a major source of medical isotopes – was restarted on 17 March, NRG announced.

NRG identifies defect that closed the HFR
14 February, 2022
The High Flux Reactor (HFR) project team at Petten in the Netherlands has provided a progress update on the reactor’s extended closure — during inspection activities on 21 January prior to the reactor start, a technical defect had been found in a cooling system.

HFR restart delayed at Petten
27 January, 2022
Restart of the high flux reactor (HFR) operated by NRG at Petten in the Netherlands has been delayed pending further investigation, NRG said on 25 January.

Dutch consortium set up to develop of molten salt reactors
04 March, 2021
The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) in the Netherlands said on 2 March that it had set up a consortium, along with TU Delft, DIFFER, and reactor developer Thorizon to accelerate the development of molten salt reactors (MSRs). Recent technological developments made by the partners provide the basis for the further design and testing of important processes and materials to be able to build an MSR, NRG noted. As well as producing energy, an MSR can also provide high-quality heat for industry. This type of reactor is also ideally suited for the use of thorium as a fuel, NRG added.

Supporting Jordan
24 February, 2021
The European Union has completed a cooperation project to enhance radiation safety and the safe management of radioactive waste in Jordan

NRG and PALLAS to join forces
19 January, 2021
The NRG Foundation and the Preparation Pallas-reactor Foundation (PALLAS), both based in the Netherlands, announced on 14 January that they intend to join together into a single organisation.

Terrestrial Energy and NRG begin tests on IMSR graphite
16 November, 2020
US-based Terrestrial Energy has started a graphite irradiation testing programme with the Netherlands’ Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) using NRG’s Petten Research Centre’s High Flux Reactor (HFR).

Frazer-Nash to work on Terrestrial Energy's IMSR
27 November, 2019
UK-based Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Terrestrial Energy have signed a contract for engineering services related to the fabrication of the graphite moderator, a key component in Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Terrestrial Energy and NRG to study IMSR graphite behaviour
10 October, 2019
US-based Terrestrial Energy and Netherlands-based NRG have begun an irradiation programme to analyse the behaviour of graphite under the conditions it will experience in a Terrestrial Energy Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) core

Hybrid systems: mixing things up
20 June, 2019
Aliki van Heek from the IAEA’s planning and economic studies section speaks to NEI about the potential for combining nuclear and renewables in a hybrid energy system, as well as non-electric applications of the technology.

Terrestrial Energy and NRG cooperate on molten salt reactor
07 February, 2019
US-based Terrestrial Energy and NRG (Netherlands) on 5 February announced a contract for materials testing at NRG’s High-Flux Reactor in Petten.

NRG completes testing of special steel for Iter
31 January, 2019
Netherlands nuclear research and consultancy group (NRG) has completed the irradiation testing in its High Flux Reactor (HFR) at Petten of a new type of metal that will be used in a test programme for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction at Cadarache in Southern France.

NRG awarded funding for nuclear medicine research centre
21 January, 2019
Netherlands-based Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group NRG announced that the Kansen voor West organisation has awarded a subsidy of €6.8 million ($7.7 million) to develop FIELD-LAB, an initiative of the Advancing Nuclear Medicine consortium.

Toshiba to withdraw from South Texas Project
04 June, 2018
Japan’s Toshiba Corporation announced on 31 May that it is to withdraw from the project to build two advanced boiling water reactors (ABWRs) at the US South Texas Project (STP) nuclear site.

Contract awarded for new Pallas reactor
29 January, 2018
The new Pallas research reactor, which will replace the High Flux Reactor (HFR) at Petten in the Netherlands, will be designed and constructed by the Ichos consortium comprising Argentinean nuclear technology firm Invap, together with Croonwolter&dros and Mobilis, both part of TBI Holdings of the Netherlands.

Characterisation trial
19 December, 2017
Safe and cost-effective management of nuclear waste is more important than ever. Suzanne Glorie explains how new technologies can help.

Licence renewal for US South Texas Project
03 October, 2017
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the licence for the South Texas Project, a nuclear power plant near Bay City, for an additional 20 years.

NRG continues project on graphite ageing in AGRs
14 September, 2017
A new irradiation capsule for accelerated ageing of graphite, which is used in Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs), has begun irradiation at NRG’s High Flux Reactor in Petten in the Netherlands. NRG said on 12 September that the irradiation had started two months ahead of schedule. The work is part of Project Blackstone, initiated by an alliance of EDF Energy, NRG, Frazer Nash Consultancy and Atkins in support of ageing management of AGR reactors in the UK. The project will run for four more years and is expected to provide data that can be used in safety cases to support AGR plant operating life extensions. NRG said the online monitoring results demonstrate excellent control of the irradiation conditions.

Slow burn
09 February, 2017
We review the key developments in nuclear fusion over the last 12 months. In addition to progress on the international Iter project, there have been achievements in China, South Korea and Europe.

NRG begins testing special steel for Iter
01 February, 2017
NRG of the Netherlands said on 25 January that it has started irradiation testing Eurofer97 low-activation stainless steel that will be used in the Iter nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in southern France.

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