Economic Cluster

MYRRHA Project

Part of the 2017 socio-economic impact study by PricewaterhouseCoopers focussed on economic effects and the establishment of high-tech clusters.

Geographically, most of the impact during the construction takes place internationally (64% of the total impact), while Belgium benefits from 36% of the total impact. This corresponds with the Belgian federal government’s decision to finance 40% of the project, opening up the balance for interested international partners.

Sector-wise, the “architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis” sector benefits the most from MYRRHA’s construction, with 65% of total benefits.

From the exploitation of Phase 1 (linac up to 100 MeV) onwards, economic activity will include:

  • Radioisotope research and production: innovative radioisotopes, including alpha therapy and theranostics (linac – PTF, Phase 1) + conventional radioisotopes, including diagnostics (Tc-99 BR2 production replacement, Phase 3)
  • Fusion material development: material testing under relevant fusion energy conditions, e.g. tritium breeding blanket module structural material, one of the most critical and technically challenging component directly facing the hot plasma in fusion applications
  • Turning nuclear energy into a sustainable low-carbon energy source by addressing the spent nuclear fuel burden through enhanced transmutation knowledge
  • Fundamental research