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Embalse wins loan for longer life

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The Development Bank of Latin America has issued its first loan for a nuclear project to support the refurbishment and licence extension of Argentina’s Embalse nuclear power plant.

The loan was announced on 19 March by the president of the bank, Enrique Garcia, and the Argentian minister of planning public investment and sevices, Julio De Vido.

Amounting to $240 million, it will help Nucleoelectrica Argentina SA (NA-SA) in refurbishing the Candu pressurized heavy-water reactor at Embalse. This means replacing the pressure tubes, installing new steam generators, new control systems and in increasing its power output by 35 MWe to around 635 MWe net in the process. The work could begin this November.

As well as generating electricity, Embalse also produces cobalt-60 for uses in medicine, industry and food irradiation worldwide. In Candu reactors this can be done by using replacing certain stainless steel components…

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