The ReNuAL Project
The eight Nuclear Applications (NA) Laboratories in Seibersdorf are unique in the United Nations system. They address fundamental global challenges such as food security and safety, climate change, cancer, environmental monitoring and emergency response through research and development, training and the provision of analytical services.
Since their establishment in 1962, the NA laboratories have not received any comprehensive renovation or significant upgrading of equipment. As a result, the laboratory buildings are generally in suboptimal condition, space is critically limited and much of the equipment needs replacing or modernizing. The laboratories are no longer fit for purpose and are struggling to respond to growing and evolving Member State requests.
Accordingly, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has launched a project entitled, the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL). The project’s objective is to deliver efficient, fit-for-purpose laboratories able to share the benefits of nuclear sciences and applications with Member States.
The ReNuAL project formally commenced on 1 January 2014 with a target budget of €31 million to be reached through a mixture of IAEA regular budget and Member State extrabudgetary funds. The project plan consists of new building construction, the renovation of existing buildings, the acquisition of new laboratory equipment to replace aging or obsolete instruments, and infrastructure upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2017.