Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, France and China discuss prospects of using the multipurpose fast neutron research nuclear reactor (MBIR) under construction in Dimitrovgrad (Ulyanovsk region). Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, announced it on Wednesday at the meeting on the construction of the facility.
The MBIR reactor is a unique multipurpose fast neutron Gen IV research reactor on the basis of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (JSC “SSC RIAR”, under the umbrella of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation), under construction in Dimitrovgrad. Its construction began in 2015. Commissioning of the reactor is scheduled for 2028.
“The unique feature of the project is that approximately half of the workload of the facility will serve for the purposes of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear industry, while another one will be used by our partners for testing its capacities. It is clear that the world community is following this with great interest, negotiations are most active with partners from China and France," he said.
Likhachev pointed out that not all countries can afford to build modern fast research facilities today. “Therefore, the interest in the operation of this facility is extremely high, and we will stir it in every possible way, demonstrating openness and cooperation in resolving the matter,” he added.
Even today, when the construction is at the initial stage, the international cooperation is underway, as he said. "We are already working hard on the establishment of the Consortium, international alliances to operate this facility jointly," he accentuated.
The purpose of the MBIR project is to create a high-flux fast neutron research reactor with unique consumer properties for the following tasks: reactor and post-reactor studies, generating electricity and heat, developing new technologies for the production of radioisotopes and modified materials. The MBIR reactor will be used mainly to test innovative materials, mock-ups of core elements for IV Gen power plants, including fast neutron reactors that close the fuel cycle and thermal reactors of low and medium power. On the basis of the MBIR reactor, it is planned to establish an international research center.