The design process

PALLAS aims to realise a state of the art multifunctional nuclear reactor, which is suitable for mainly producing medical isotopes and for conducting nuclear technology research.

This reactor is to replace the current High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, which has been in operation for over fifty years and is now approaching the end of its economic life.

The first phase, the design of the new reactor together with obtaining the necessary licenses is expected to be completed around 2020.

A European tendering process has been completed for the selection of the designer of the PALLAS-reactor (Designer Nuclear Island, DNI) where international parties with experience in the design of research reactors could subscribe upon. PALLAS has selected the Argentinian-Dutch company ICHOS (INVAP and the TBI companies Croonwolter&dros – Mobilis). This DNI will deliver a state of the art multifunctional reactor design and is expected to do the management of the construction and commissioning of the reactor.

The second phase, the design, construction and commissioning of the PALLAS-reactor takes about five years. The lifetime of the new reactor is at least forty years. The PALLAS-reactor will seamlessly take over production of medical isotopes by the HFR.