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For Energy Needs, Argentina Plans to Complete Atucha Nuclear Plant

The Atucha Nuclear Plant in Argentina. (Photo credit: CNEA, Argentina)

In meetings with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei this week, Argentina´s Minister of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services, Dr. Julio de Vido, said that construction is planned to resume on the country´s Atucha-2 nuclear power plant.

Construction on the plant began in 1981, but work was halted in the 1990s. Argentina presently has two operating nuclear power plants that together produce about 9% of the country´s energy. Completing the Atucha plant is expected to help ease Argentina´s energy needs.

Dr. ElBaradei said that the IAEA is exploring possibilities with Argentine authorities for the Agency´s technical cooperation and assistance during the plant´s completion period, which is expected to take about four years.

Argentina is a contracting party to the international Convention on Nuclear Safety, which is under IAEA auspices. Parties to the convention are concluding a review meeting at the IAEA in Vienna 22 April, 2005.

Last update: 27 Jul 2017

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