In the hours before Alberto Fernández’s trip to China, the contract for the construction of Atucha III, Argentina’s fourth nuclear power plant, was signed. The project is part of the Action Plan approved last year and involves an investment of more than 8,000 million dollars.
The agreement between Nucleoeléctrica Argentina and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) that was sealed this Tuesday, the construction of a 1,200 MWe reactor that will be installed in the Atucha Nuclear Complex in the town of Lima, province of Buenos Aires, in coincidence also with the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
Construction works are expected to begin at the end of this year, which will require the creation of more than 7,000 jobs and an approximate integration of 40% of national suppliers.
At the signing of the agreement, which was carried out virtually due to health restrictions, the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof; the Chinese ambassador to Argentina, Zou Xiaoli, his Argentine counterpart in China, Sabino Vaca Narvaja, and the Undersecretary of Electric Energy of the Nation, Federico Basualdo, among other authorities and officials from the two countries.
“The EPC contract (engineering, purchasing and construction, for its acronym in English) provides for the provision of engineering, construction, acquisition, start-up and delivery of a plant of the HPR-1000 type, which will use enriched uranium as fuel and water light as coolant and moderator”, they explained from the Government.
During the ceremony, Kicillof highlighted: “we all know that without energy we have no development or possible future, so it is a great pleasure for me to accompany this firm”.
The president of Nucleoeléctrica, José Luis Antúnez, stressed the importance of advancing in concrete actions “so that we can supply Argentina’s electricity demand with basic, clean, safe and sustainable energy, and combat the effects of climate change that affects the planet.” .
Atucha III will have a gross capacity of 1,200 MWe and an initial useful life of 60 years, and will allow the expansion of national nuclear capacities thanks to the transfer of technology for the manufacture of fuel elements.
“This important event represents the end of a cycle of cooperation and mutual understanding that began in June 2010 and the beginning of a new one, which both companies anticipate will be of auspicious prosperity for both nations, and will strengthen ties for peaceful development. of nuclear science and technology, the generation of clean energy and industrial development,” they stressed from the Argentine embassy in China in the prelude to Fernández’s visit to Xi Jinping.