Argentina: Hualong-1 Nuclear Reactor Construction at Atucha may start by Mid-2022
The following is my translation of a post by “China Nuclear Think Tank”, republished by “Beijixing” (literally “Polaris”), a technology news website. Author: Zhang Yan.
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Argentina announces new nuclear power plant construction
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北极星电力网新闻中心 来源:中核智库 作者:张焰 2021/8/27 10:45:32 我要投稿
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Beijixing Nuclear Power website news: According to reporting of the website “World Nuclear News”, the CEO of Argentina’s national nuclear energy company (NASA), Antunez, has recently said that Argentina is seeking a new nuclear agreement with China and Canada.
Antunez said that negotiations with China on forming partnership relations with China that had been conducted from 2014 to 2017 would be reopened. Talks between the governments were to reach a new “financial plan”, after which a construction agreement would be signed. It was also expected that in the middle of next year, construction of the first “Hualong No. 1” unit would be started on the Atucha site.
Antunez said that the construction of a Candu pressurized heavy water reactor was considered an Argentine “national project”, to be constructed with Canadian participation and support. The site would probably be next to Atucha, but much of the project work would use national engineering resources as used before at Embalse, where Argentina had successfully refurbished and upgraded a Candu reactor. Argentina also plans to relaunch the Arroyito heavy-water production plant which, because of prior close-down, had led to the need of annual imorts of 25 tons of heavy water for Argentina.
Argentina currently has three pressurized heavy water reactors, Atucha-1, Atucha-2 and the Embalse heavy-water reactor, with a total installed capacity of 1641 megawatts. It is said that the newly-planned total installed capacity will be twice the existing total installed capacity. Also, NASA is currently installing a 25 megawatts CAREM-25 prototype unit in Atucha.
Source: China National Nuclear Strategic Planning & Research Institute’s Weixin public account.
（来源：微信公众号“中核智库” ID：zhzk_cinie 作者：中核战略规划研究总院 张焰 编译 伍浩松 审校）
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