The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Tajikistan will restore operation of the Argus research reactor in cooperation with the Russian National Research Center Kurchatov Institute. A corresponding agreement was concluded between scientific institutions during the visit of the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to Moscow.
“According to the signed document, the parties agreed to conduct research related to natural technologies, nuclear physics and nuclear technologies. “In particular, the Argus-FTI research reactor will be restored,” the press service of the National Academy of Sciences reported, emphasizing that all joint work will be carried out exclusively for peaceful purposes.
The document signed in Moscow is designed for a period of up to 5 years with the possibility of further extension. It also provides for scientific conferences and other events.
The Argus salt solution research nuclear reactor in Tajikistan was built in the 80s of the 20th century, but was never launched. In 2016, the republican authorities adopted a program for its restoration by 2020. The implementation of the project has been delayed, and now Russian specialists will be brought in to complete it.
Argus can be used to produce drugs for the treatment of cancer. There are two such reactors – the second one operates at the Kurchatov Institute.
Source : bigasia.ru