First power of PIK research reactor built at St. Petersburg’s Institute of Nuclear Physics is expected to take place in two years, Yaroslav Shtrombakh, first deputy director of the Kurchatov Institute National Research Center, said 6 June during the ATOMEXPO-2012 forum in Moscow.

“First criticality has already been achieved at the reactor”, Shtrombakh said, while he did not disclose when exactly the reactor had gone critical.

Source: Nuclear.Ru