Russia to Build World’s Largest MBIR Fast Neutron Nuclear Reactor

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – AEM-Technologies, an engineering division of Russian nuclear power corporation Rosatom, has won a tender to build a reactor for the world’s largest MBIR multifunctional fast neutron nuclear reactor, the Atomenergomash holding said Wednesday.

Russia, the United States and France signed a deal last June to jointly conduct research at the reactor in Dimitrovgrad in Russia’s Volga region, in hopes of studying new types of nuclear fuel, construction materials and coolants.

The MBIR is planned to have a capacity of about 150 megawatts, making it the most powerful research reactor in the world. The project is expected to cost 16.4 billion rubles ($454 million).

AEM-Technologies will build the reactor vessel and vessel internals, the statement said.

A multi-purpose international research center will be established as part of the project, which will also produce radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. The research reactor is scheduled to come online in 2020.

Unlike today’s reactors, which slow down neutrons, the new reactor will allow them to run fast, producing much less waste and potentially breeding new fuel in the process.

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