Atucha 1, one of the two nuclear plants in Argentina, reached record electricity production in 2010 when it generated an annual capacity of 95.49 per cent, beating the previous record of 93.10 per cent in 2007, according to Noticias Financieras.
The plant has a net capacity of 357 MW, and since entering commercial operation in 1974 it has produced 70 000 million kWh, according to the report.
Atucha I was the first nuclear plant to be built in Latin America region. The country’s other nuclear power station is the 600 MW Embalse.
A third nuclear reactor, Atucha 2, is under construction but the project has been plagued by delays. Recent reports in the Argentine press give an estimated startup date of September 2011.
In recent times, Argentina has made it clear that it wants nuclear power to be part of an expansion in generating capacity to meet the its rising electricity demand.
A feasibility study on a fourth reactor has been undertaken, to start construction after 2010, with a price tag of $2bn.
In February 2010, the government signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom to share technical information related to the construction of nuclear power plants and to look at potentially using Russian technology.
In April 2010, a nuclear cooperation agreement was signed with Russia, and in September 2010, another was signed with South Korea.
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