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2005 International RERTR Meeting

CURRENT STATUS OF THE NIGERIA MNSR (NIRR-1) AND FEASIBILITY FOR CONVERSION TO LEU

S. A Jonah and G.I. Balogun
Reactor Facility Section
Centre for Energy Research and Training
Ahmadu Bello University
P. M. B. 1014,
Zaria, Nigeria

ABSTRACT

NIRR-1 is the first nuclear reactor in Nigeria and it is sited at the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. It was acquired specifically for neutron activation analysis, radioisotope production, training and research. Like all commercial Miniature Neutron Source Reactors (MNSR), NIRR-1 is a low power, tank-in-pool research reactor fueled with about 1 kg of HEU. The reactor, which was critical for the 1st time on 03 February, 2005 is presently in its first fuel cycle. In this presentation, a description of the main characteristic of the reactor is given, including details of areas of utilization and an overview of feasibility of conversion to LEU.


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