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Title: Argentina Promises Nuclear Power Surge
Author: Witte-Lebhar, Benjamin
Subject(s): plant
third
fossil fuels
natural
gas
South America
Atucha I
Lima
grid
Embalse
Cordoba
Carlos Menem
Nestor Kirchner
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Atucha II
uranium
mining
Atucha III
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
AECL
Areva SA of France
Westinghouse Electric Co
Atomic Energy Corporation
Rosatom
Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A.
NASA
energy
electricity
hydroelectric dams
nonconventional
wind
farms
oil
reserves
Comision Nacional de energia Atomica
CNEA
Cenrtal Argentina de Elementos Modulares
CAREM
Centro Atomico Ezeiza
nuclear pact
Lula da Silva
Russia
Dmitry Medvedev
environmental
groups
Patagonia
Abstract: Left for decades on the proverbial back burner, Argentina’s once cutting-edge but now very much dusty nuclear power sector is experiencing a real renaissance. For the first time in more than a quarter century, the country is preparing to open a new nuclear power plant, its third : Atucha II. More may be on the way as Argentina looks to ease its dependence on fossil fuels, particularly natural gas. Then a regional pioneer, Argentina opened South America’s first nuclear power plant in 1974: the 335 megawatt Atucha I facility. Approximately 115 km northwest of Buenos Aires in the town of Lima, Atucha I continues to generate electricity for the country’s central grid, as does the 600 MW Embalse plant, which opened a decade later in the north-central province of Córdoba. Together the two nuclear facilities account for roughly 6% of Argentina’s total installed generating capacity, estimated at approximately 24,000 MW.
Date: 2010-11-22
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11623

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