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Embalse nuclear power plant


The Embalse nuclear power plant is one of the two operational nuclear power plants in Argentina. It is located on the southern shore of a reservoir on the Rio Tercero, near the city of Embalse, province of Cordoba, 110 km south-west of Cordoba City.

The plant is a CANDU Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). It employs natural uranium , with heavy water for refrigeration and moderation. It has a thermal power of 2,109 MWth, and generates 648 MWe of electricity, with a net output of about 600 MWe, supplying nearly 4.5% of the production of the Argentine Interconnection System (2005).

Additionally, Embalse produces the cobalt-60 radioisotope, which is employed in medicine (cancer therapy) and industrial applications. Argentina is one of the largest producers and exporters of this isotope in the world, along with Canada and Russia.

Embalse was started in 1974 and began operation in 1984. It was built by an Italian-Canadian consortium formed by AECL and Italimpianti.

See also

National Atomic Energy Commission

Atucha I nuclear power plant

Atucha II nuclear power plant

References

CNEA

Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A.

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