CONVERSION OF THE JAMAICAN SLOWPOKE-2 RESEARCH REACTOR FROM HEU TO LEU: SHARING OUR EXPERIENCES
36th Annual CNS Conference - 2016 June 19-22


Presented at:
36th Annual CNS Conference
2016 June 19-22
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Plenary 1A: Panel Discussion by Countries Developing Nuclear Power

Authors:
C. Grant (International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, Jamaica)
H. Dennis (International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, Jamaica)
J. Preston (International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, Jamaica)
  

Abstract

After 31 years of effective operation the SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston Jamaica was successfully converted from Highly Enriched Uranium (93.7%) to Low enriched Uranium (19.8%). Cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Governments of the United States of America and Canada in completing the HEU removal was an outstanding example of how regional cooperation supported the global efforts to minimize the civilian use of HEU, while preserving important research capabilities of the facility. This paper reports on some of the key activities that took place and the lessons learned during the conversion process.

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