INTRODUCTION: Argentina has been forging ahead of its South American neighbours with its enterprising nuclear power programme.
GV Existing power plant, 'Atucha Uno'.
GV Official opening by President Viola in light coat.
GV Priest blessing plant.
SV PULL BACK GV New plant under construction, men lay first layer of cement. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM TO CU President (left) with chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Vice Admiral Carlos Castro Madero.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Argentina has been forging ahead of its South American neighbours with its enterprising nuclear power programme. The foundations were laid on Wednesday (15 July) for the nation's third nuclear power station just outside Buenos Aires.
SYNOPSIS: Argentina's President Roberto Viola unveiled a plaque as work officially began on the Atucha Dos plant -- the biggest and most ambitious project so far in the Argentina nuclear programme. It's being built by the German company Kraftwork Union, next to the Atucha Uno plant, now providing about nine per cent of the country's electricity needs.
A third nuclear plant is being built under Canadian supervision, and is nearing completion at Rio Tercero near the city of Cordoba.
The new plant, with its output of nearly 700 megawatts, will use Argentina's natural uranium and heavy water from factory to be constructed in the near future. Argentina plans to build a total of six nuclear plants in a nationwide grid system.