The federal government of Belgium is investing EUR 558 million in the MYRRHA project, with foreign investment of EUR 1 billion to follow. Japan, France and Germany are interested, among others. The project will attract researchers from all over the world and put the SCK/CEN more firmly on the map as a global research institute.
By 2027, the particle accelerator used to power the reactor should be ready for installation. The reactor itself should be operational from 2037 until 2065. Over the entire duration of the project, the added economic value of the project is estimated at approximately EUR 6.5 billion.
Today, 150 people are employed by the project. During the construction phase and the following exploitation phase, the workforce will increase to 700 people.