The Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), which Korea first exported abroad as a nuclear power system, will be put into full operation. This means that they began to run Korea’s first exported research and training reactor completed with 100% Korean technology from design and construction to test operations.
The Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute said they held a first ceremony for the completion of the JRTR, the first research and training reactor of Jordan in Jordan with the participation of Choi Yang-hee, Korean minister of science, ICT and future planning, Kim Jong-kyung, director of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and King Abdullah II of Jordan in Jordan on December 7.
The 5-MW JRTR was built at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Iribid in the northern part of Jordan. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and the Daewoo E&C consortium succeeded in signing a deal to export the reactor in December 2009, started to work in June 2010 and completed it in six years.
After loading nuclear fuels in April, the reactor reached its first criticality (the operation of the reactor) and finished its test operation for six months.
The JRTR will be used as infrastructure to conduct research on basic science using neutrons and research on new materials and help diagnose and treat cancer patients in Jordan by producing medical and industrial radioactive isotopes such as iodine and iridium.
The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute is negotiating an additional agreement to dispatch specialists as Jordan asked the institute to help Jordan run the reactor for two years and will go ahead with technical cooperation for the use of the reactor such as the joint development of neutron beams.
Meanwhile, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute is participating in the PALLAS project to build a new research and training reactor in Petten, the Netherlands by forming a consortium with companies and is carrying out technical cooperation activities for countries planning to introduce new research and training reactors such as Qatar and Thailand.