The reactor was first developed as a request of the Argentine Navy to power the TR-1700 class submarines of German design. In 1984 it was presented publicly for the first time during an IAEA conference in Peru. For political reasons the project was halted but was relaunched by the 2006 Argentine nuclear reactivation plan.
A 25 MWe, pressurized water reactor version of CAREM is currently being built near Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant as the first prototype, and a second one of 100-200 MWe is planned to be installed in Formosa Province. As of 2013, the first prototype is planned to receive its first fuel load in 2017.
- El Carem fue diseñado a partir de la idea de técnicos navales para incluir un reactor de esas características en los submarinos comprados a Alemania en la década del 70
- El proyecto de reactor CAREM
- "Construction of CAREM underway". World Nuclear News. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- El Plan Nuclear Argentino coloca a Formosa en destacado lugar frente a la construcción del CAREM
- "Contract awarded for CAREM vessel". World Nuclear News. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
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