IFE's Board of Directors has decided to permanently close the Halden Reactor and to start decommissioning the reactor. IFE will continue its nuclear research activities, with focus on activities that do not depend on the reactor being operational. The closure of the reactor will not affect IFE's other operations.
An international conference organised by the National IOR Centre of Norway gathered people from oil companies, oil service, research institutes, universities and government for the fourth time to present and discuss research on increased oil recovery.
Statoil has awarded a framework agreement for business consulting services within Integrated Operations and digital transformation to the consortium: StepChange, Epsis and IFE Digital Systems, who is the research partner. We at IFE Digital Systems are happy to support Statoil’s digitalisation journey along with StepChange and Epsis.
The China-Norway Science Day was arranged in Beijing on April 17th, 2018. 221 delegates from Norwegian universities and research institutions participated in this big event. The goal is to strengthen the Chinese-Norwegian research collaboration.
At IFE, safety is priority number one. We are continuously working to strengthen and improve our safety culture. As part of this effort, IFE has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform an Independent Safety Culture Assessment (ISCA) and provide recommendations for further development.
Prof. Andreas Schreyer, The Director of Science at ESS visited the JEEP II-reactor at Kjeller, Norway on January the 23rd. Prof. Schreyer underlined the importance of the JEEP II-reactor. “The JEEP II-reactor produces neutrons, which we need” said Prof. Schreyer. “IFE and the JEEP II-rector are important. The Institute develops instruments which are vital to the ESS. IFE is a recognized partner and we look forward to a long lasting cooperation”.
The Norwegian Government today published the national budget proposal for 2018. IFE is pleased that the Norwegian State is taking responsibility for the handling of nuclear waste and the challenges associated with future decommissioning of research reactor facilities in Norway.
A team of eight reactor experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has for one week undergone the safety of the JEEP II research reactor at Kjeller. The expert group concludes that IFE strongly emphasizes safety and security work in its operations.
The new FME center is dedicated to development of materials, components and technology for use of batteries and hydrogen in zero emission transport systems. It will be a special focus on the maritime sector.
The Netherlands signed the Halden Agreement on December 1st and will formally become the 20th member country in the Halden Reactor Project (HRP) after the formal acceptance from the Halden Board during their Paris meeting on December 9th, and after the approval of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.