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2004 International RERTR Meeting

RESEARCH REACTOR UTILISATION: A JUSTIFICATION FOR EXISTENCE?


Piani CSB
SAFARI-1 Research Reactor South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) PO Box 582, Pretoria 0001 - Republic of South Africa


ABSTRACT
 

The majority of Research Reactors currently under operation are constantly faced with critical issues relating to decisions justifying their sustainable existence. These issues may relate to aspects such as the age and related state of safe operation, levels of political or environmentalist support, financial independence with regard to operational costs, all of which, together with several other factors, could contribute to justifiable existence in terms of levels of utilisation and safety of these reactors. This paper evaluates the mix of desirable characteristics regarded as essential justification to stakeholders for the extended operation and utilisation of a research reactor. The topic centres on the IAEA recommendations in terms of established Strategic Planning regarding such facilities. As an example, the model used to drive the sustained existence of the SAFARI-1 research reactor of South Africa will be evaluated.


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