While the world seeks a solution to the so-called energy crisis, Argentina is moving steadily ahead with a programme that will eventually place it among world leaders in the field of peaceful uses for nuclear energy.
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Background: While the world seeks a solution to the so-called energy crisis, Argentina is moving steadily ahead with a programme that will eventually place it among world leaders in the field of peaceful uses for nuclear energy.
The construction of the country's first nuclear power station -- the Atucha Nuclear Power Station -- was a fundamental step in Argentia's evolution as a nuclear nation.
The plant was commissioned in 1973, producing 319 megawatts of power for the interconnected Gran Buenos Aires and Literal networks.
Government participation in the project amounted to nearly 40 per cent and its is directly controlled by the Argentine National Commission of Atomic Energy.
The charter of the commission includes the promotion and carrying out of research and scientific and industrial application of nuclear transmutations and reactions.
It also includes the control of applications of nuclear energy. The commission produces all the fuel elements for research and radioisotope production reactors.
The fuel for the Atucha station comes from a plant with an annual capacity of 50 tons of uranium oxide.
The commission is studying the possibility of building a heavy water plant.
The second power plant in the nuclear programme will be built in Cordoba Province and is expected to be commissioned in 1977. A third power station, with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is planned for 1980.