The BR2 refurbishment is completed

The commissioning tests of the installation are completed. The nuclear characteristics of the reactor have been confirmed to be compliant with the technical specification and the core load codes have been validated for the new Beryllium matrix. The performance of the reactor and all systems has been tested in short power runs up to 20 MW. These tests enabled us to make the last adjustments to the system before resuming regular operations.

The results of the refurbishment have been presented to the international BR2 Reactor Safety Committee and a dedicated inspection by the Belgian regulatory body, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) has been performed. These two reviews confirmed the effectiveness, quality and safety of the refurbishment operations. The reactor will restart as scheduled on July 19, 2016.

20 MW test run of BR2 on July 6, 2016