Almost to the day 60 years after SCK•CEN acquired its land from the Royal Family in Mol, the notarial deed detailing the transfer of land and buildings was signed between the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre and the Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (the Flemish Institute for Technological Research) on Monday, 16 December 2013.
Derrick Gosselin, President of the Board of Directors of SCK•CEN, Eric van Walle, Director-General of the SCK•CEN and Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director of VITO, placed their signature under the redistribution of the site. This means that SCK•CEN will take over three buildings from VITO, and that both parties will also exchange land.
In 1991 – in the context of the state reform – the non-nuclear research of SCK•CEN was split off and accommodated in the new Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). Up to now, the buildings of both research institutions were not concentrated in one location, but spread across the domain.
Among other factors, the exchange both parties agreed on is a result of the Royal Decree of 17 October 2011 concerning the physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities. Thanks to this redistribution and transfer, it will be easier to fence off the domain of SCK•CEN, which will in turn make the further enhancement of the protection measures more efficient. The exchange will be finalised in 2016. By that time, SCK•CEN will also make use of a new main entrance.