Philippine Research Reactor-1

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Philippine Research Reactor-1
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.jpg
Operating Institution Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
Location University of the Philippines - Diliman grounds, Quezon City
Coordinates 14°39′37″N 121°3′21″E / 14.66028°N 121.05583°E / 14.66028; 121.05583Coordinates: 14°39′37″N 121°3′21″E / 14.66028°N 121.05583°E / 14.66028; 121.05583
Type Research reactor
Power 3 MW
First Criticality August 26, 1963
Shutdown date 1988

The Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1) is an inactive research reactor for decommissioning in Quezon City, Philippines. The PRR-1 is the first nuclear reactor in the Philippines.

History[edit]

Reactor pool of the facility, 2015.

The Philippine Research Reactor was built under the Atoms for Peace nuclear research exchange program of the United States.[1] The reactor which had its first criticality in August 26, 1963,[2] was built by U.S. firm General Atomics and was originally a 1MW open general-purpose reactor.[1]

The Philippine Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC; then name of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute) decided to convert the reactor into a TRIGA Mark III reactor in 1984. The converted reactor achieved criticality in April 1988.[2] It had a capacity of 3MW and has the ability to use low-enriched uranium instead of highly enriched uranium. On the same year, the reactor pool had a leak which led to the reactor being shut down. There were plans to repair the reactor with collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency but such plans were abandoned.[1]

In 2005, it was decided that the reactor would be decommissioned.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Santoro, David (July 2013). "ASEAN's Nuclear Landscape – Part 1" (PDF). Issues & Insights. Center for Strategic & International Studies. 13 (10): 1–6. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Conduct of Feasibility Study (F/S) for the Establishment of a Nucleart Reactor" (PDF). National Economic and Development Authority. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 14 December 2016.