Russia to Help Bolivia Develop Nuclear Energy Center
A nuclear technology research and development center is to be constructed in the Bolivian city of El Alto with Russian assistance, the country's president Evo Morales has announced.
A nuclear technology research and development center is to be constructed in the Bolivian city of El Alto with Russian assistance, the country's president Evo Morales has announced. The center will cost $300 million, will be completed in four years, will use Russian technology and will include the participation of other South American countries, such as Argentina, says Morales in a press conference. The project is slated to include three components: a cyclotron radiotherapy facility, a multi-purpose gamma radiation facility and a nuclear research reactor. Construction is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016. Earlier in October, Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy on cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The document was signed by Sergey Kirienko, CEO of Rosatom, and Luis Alberto Sanchez, minister of hydrocarbon and energy in Bolivia. Cooperation under the MOU is to include: the use of radioisotopes and radiation technologies and their application in industry, medicine, agriculture and other fields; providing training and education personnel; assistance in the creation and development of infrastructure for the management and regulation of Bolivia's nuclear power program; the potential construction of a nuclear science and technology center; holding consultations on the possible construction of nuclear power plants of Russian design in Bolivia; and the development of public information programs. Morales says that in October 2014, the country would invest more than $2 billion in the development of nuclear energy over the next decade. In March 2015, Bolivia signed a cooperation agreement with Argentina to promote and develop the infrastructure and institutions needed for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.NA
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- November 2, 2015
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