Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant

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Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant
Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant is located in Argentina
Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant
Country Argentina
Location Lima, Buenos Aires
Coordinates 33°57′48″S 59°11′11″W / 33.96333°S 59.18639°W / -33.96333; -59.18639Coordinates: 33°57′48″S 59°11′11″W / 33.96333°S 59.18639°W / -33.96333; -59.18639
Status Operational
Construction began 1968
Commission date 1974
Operator(s) Nucleoelectrica Argentina
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PHWR
Reactor supplier Siemens
Power generation
Make and model Siemens
Nameplate capacity 357
Thermal capacity 1,179 MWt

Atucha I is one of three operational nuclear power plants of Argentina. It is located in the town of Lima, Zárate, Buenos Aires, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Buenos Aires, on the right-hand shore of the Paraná de las Palmas River.

The plant is a Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). It employs a mixture of natural uranium and enriched uranium (0.85% of 235U), and uses heavy water for cooling and neutron moderation. It has a thermal power of 1,179 MWt, and generates 357 MWe of electricity, which is delivered at 220 kilovolts to the Argentine Interconnection System, supplying about 2.5% of the total electricity production (2005).

Atucha I was started in 1968 and began operation in 1974; it was the first nuclear power plant in Latin America. In 1973, before its completion, the plant was temporarily captured by guerrillas, who later withdrew.[1]

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  1. ^ Brittle Power, p. 144.

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