Argentina’s Ministry of Federal Planning and Public Investments and the National Nuclear Power Commission (CNEA) have approved the construction of a domestically-designed nuclear power plant.

Located in the Buenos Aires province, the first phase civil work of the Carem 25 plant, a 25 MW small-scale nuclear station, is now underway.

The Carem 25 plant will be the first nuclear facility utilize home-grown nuclear technology, according to BNamericas.

The federal government is investing$446m in the Carem 25 project, which will be this South American nation’s fourth nuclear power plant.

Local company Impsa was awarded the contract to build the plant’s reactor vessel.

Once operation, Carem 25 is expected to cover supply in remote areas of large urban centres, as well as industrial hubs with high energy consumption.

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