SCK•CEN coordinates the transport of unused nuclear material to the USA


At the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in 2012, Belgium reached an agreement with the United States to regroup and ship unused stocks of highly enriched uranium to the United States. In the context of this programme, this nuclear material was recently removed from the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. In the past, this material was used for research purposes.

Under the supervision of the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre took on the coordination of the preparation and execution of the removal of these materials at the SCK•CEN, Belgoprocess and JRC-IRMM.

Before the material could be transported, it had to be packed in accordance with US standards. In view of the material's special character and the often specific form, the operation was meticulously prepared and very carefully executed by a joint team, put together especially for this job. To carry out the works in accordance with the specific American packing requirements, a number of our experts were trained and certified in accordance with the standards applicable in the US. The whole operation took a year.

Thanks to the expertise and hard work of many employees and the excellent co-operation with American colleagues and all the involved Belgian and international bodies and authorities, the packing and shipping was successfully finalised. The material has already safely arrived at its final destination.