Nuclear energy in Norway

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No nuclear power plant has ever been established in Norway; however, the country has a legal framework for licensing the construction and operation of nuclear installations.[1] Also, four research reactors have been built in Norway, the first was JEEP I which was operative from 1951 to 1966. Two research reactors are currently operative, the Halden Reactor and JEEP II at Kjeller.[2] There has been discussions about the possible usage of nuclear energy, which is supported by some industry leaders.[3] Statkraft together with Vattenfall, Fortum and the energy investment company Scatec announced plans to investigate building of a thorium-fueled power plant in 2007 which was never realized.[4] In 2010, Aker Solutions purchased patents from Nobel Prize winning physicist Carlo Rubbia for the design of a proton accelerator-based thorium nuclear power plant, [5] but was subsequently sold to Jacobs Engineering Group in 2011.[6] In late 2012, Norway's privately owned Thor Energy, in collaboration with the government and Westinghouse, announced a four-year trial using thorium in an existing nuclear reactor.[7]

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  1. ^ "Regulatory and Institutional Framework for Nuclear Activities. Norway" (PDF). Nuclear legislation in OECD countries. OECD/NEA. 2001. ISSN 1727-3854. 
  2. ^ Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Institutt for energiteknikk". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Norwegian industry wants nuclear energy". The Norway Post. 2007-05-23. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  4. ^ Liz Williams (2007-05-24). "Green nuclear power coming to Norway". Cosmos Online. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  5. ^ Boyle, Rebecca (2010-08-30). "Development of Tiny Thorium Reactors Could Wean the World Off Oil In Just Five Years | Popular Science". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  6. ^ "Energy amplifier for nuclear energy production driven by a particle beam accelerator US 5774514 A". Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Norway ringing in thorium nuclear New Year with Westinghouse at the party", Smartplanet, Nov. 23, 2012