Dismantling of French research reactor completed

WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS | The dismantling of the Ulysse experimental reactor at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission's (CEA's) Saclay site near Paris has been completed. The low-power reactor, which was shut down in 2007, was mainly operated for teaching and continuing education purposes by the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.


Ulysse was an Argonaut class reactor, a research reactor model developed by the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. It was operated by CEA teams at Saclay from 1961 to 2007. STMI, a former subsidiary of EDF and CEA but now Orano DS, was awarded a contract in 2014 to decommission the reactor.


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