Argentina Says Its Small Nuclear Reactor is Appropriate for Developing Countries

24 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Argentina Says Its Small Nuclear Reactor is Appropriate for Developing Countries</h1><p>April 24 (EIRNS)--Argentina's small CAREM nuclear reactor is ideal for developing nations, said Planning Minister Julio De Vido, speaking in Sydney, Australia April 20. The small prototype, currently being developed by Argentina's National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and the state-run INVAP company, will generate 25 megawatts (MW) of energy when it becomes fully operational by 2012, but, De Vido said, the plan is to increase that to 250MW by 2020.</p><p>Speaking at the April 20 ceremony to inaugurate the Argentine-made OPAL reactor built for Australia, De Vido underscored that CAREM is ideal for energy generation in remote areas, at a reasonable cost. Once it's developed, he said, the plan is to sell it to Asian nations and other developing sector-nations, which want to expand their use of nuclear energy but don't have the resources for huge investments. According to the Argentine Planning Ministry website, the government will spend $300 million to complete the CAREM reactor.</p></div></body>