The OPAL research reactor's design and integrated safety features mean it is extremely safe; a fact confirmed by independent analysis.
The OPAL research reactor operates on an annual (calendar year) program. This page provides details of OPAL's operating cycles including maintenance information.
Australia’s Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor is a state-of-the-art 20 megawatt multi-purpose reactor that uses low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel to achieve a range of activities to benefit human health, enable research to support a more sustainable environment and provide innovative solutions for industry.
With the screening of the popular HBO series about Chernobyl, we asked our Nuclear Analysis team for their insights on key differences between the reactor in the TV series, a Generation II RBMK power reactor and ANSTO’s state of the art research reactor OPAL.
Routine transport of spent nuclear fuel