At the Energy & Health Campus in the dunes of Petten, just 60 km from Amsterdam, a new nuclear facility is being build. Every day, 30,000 patients depend on medical isotopes from Petten. Today, these are produced in the High Flux Reactor (HFR). In order to guarantee security of supply in the future, preparations are now being made for the construction of the PALLAS-reactor and the realisation of the Nuclear Health Centre. You can be part of the team responsible for this new build, but also part of the largest nuclear organisation in the Netherlands. Never a dull moment and endless possibilities to learn, grow and develop.
Importance of the PALLAS-reactor in medical isotopes production
The Netherlands occupies a special position in Europe by supplying 70 per cent of European and 35 per cent of the world's demand for medical isotopes.
Not only is the Netherlands currently the largest producer of medical isotopes in the world, along with Australia (the OPAL reactor is only over 10 years old), it is also the only country that has the reactor and the molybdenum-processing facility on the same site. This offers many advantages, not least that radioactive materials do not need to be transported by road. As transportation times are non-existent, the efficiency of the entire production process is higher (less decay of molybdenum during the process), and this results in less waste.
Only a few (old) reactors worldwide account for the lion’s share of medical isotope production. In 15 years 75 per cent of the reactors will need to be replaced.
The PALLAS-reactor ensures continuity of medical isotope production, which is vital for thousands of patients worldwide every day.
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