This week, the Foundation Preparation PALLAS reactor (PALLAS) took a significant step in its search for a designer for the PALLAS reactor by issuing an Invitation to Tender (ITT).
Three pre-qualified designers – the Argentinian INVAP, the French Areva and the South Korean Kaeri – can now, after a series of intense dialogues, proceed to the next stage of the formal procurement process of the design and construction management of the new reactor.
The PALLAS-reactor is a pool-type reactor, which is able to deploy its neutron flux more efficiently and effectively than the current High Flux Reactor. The most important feature of the PALLAS-reactor is its operational flexibility. The core of the reactor can be set up very flexibly for production of various (new) medical isotopes and hence respond to changing markets.
Bidding parties will need to return their proposals to PALLAS in a few months from now, with the contract to be awarded in the third quarter of 2017.