The Halden Reactor is a 25MW nuclear reactor located in Halden, Norway and dedicated for research. The reactor became operative in 1958, and is operated by the Institute for Energy Technology. The reactor is a Boiling water reactor (BWR) moderated by heavy water. The reactor is used for safety-focussed research into materials, fuel burnup, and fuel behaviour in prolonged operating conditions in co-operation with organizations from 19 countries. - Its current operating license expires at the end of 2014. Authorities are considering whether to extend the operating license beyond 2014. In May 2014, the Norwegian Radiological Protection Authority recommended a ten-year license extension.
Report to police by Norway's foreign ministry
A 12 May 2013 article in O Estado de S. Paulo broke the story about fuel testing done at the reactor in regards to the nuclear submarine program of Brazil. The testing did not have the proper authorization from Norway's government. Brazil is not a participant in the joint 2012-4 research programme.
On 4 September 2013, Norwegian media wrote that the institute "is admitting to illegal cooperation with companies in four more countries:" Russia, Argentina, France and the United States. Later, Norway's foreign ministry filed a complaint with PST. triggering an investigation that is on-going.
- Holtebekk, Trygve; Guttormsen, Magne. "Haldenreaktoren". In Henriksen, Petter. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- Fornyet konsesjon til Institutt for Energiteknikk (IFE) for drift av atomanleggene på Kjeller og i Halden
- Anmelder eieren av Halden-reaktoren
- PST overtar atom-etterforskningen
- "Haldenprosjektet" [The Halden Project]. Wikipedia in Norwegian.