Britain, West Germany and France signed -- on Friday (19 July) -- an agreement to participate in the development of a nuclear research project base din Grenoble, southeastern France.
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Background: Britain, West Germany and France signed -- on Friday (19 July) -- an agreement to participate in the development of a nuclear research project base din Grenoble, southeastern France.
The signatories were Britain's Minister of Education and Science Mr. Reginald Prentice, West Germany's Minister of Research and Technology Herr Hans Matthoeffer and France's Minister of Industry and Research Monsieur Michel d'Ornano.
The French and West German Governments had instigated, in January 1967, the first moves towards setting up the Grenoble project, called the Max Von Laue-Paul Langevin Institute. On I January 1973 Britain became a partner in the project. The latest signing sets the seal on the decision by all three countries to push ahead together in developing further research at the Institute.
The Grenoble reactor first began full operations in August 1971. It has since been used to determine the exact nature of matter -- both crystaline and liquid. By determining the manner in which neutrons are absorbed by the materials under bombardment fundamental knowledge of their structures can be gained. This is especially important for metallurgical research.
The high cost of the plant, some 335 million francs (about 32 million pounds sterling) and expensive running costs -- estimated at 65 million francs (about 6 million pounds sterling) in 1974 -- brought the three nations to come together to assist this important area of research.