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Rosatom launched the construction works for the Research Reactor Complex in Bolivia

The center´s project is unique for the whole nuclear industry. It is located 4000 m above sea level and currently represents the highest nuclear facility in the world.

Rosatom launched the construction works for the Research Reactor Complex in Bolivia

El Alto, July 27 – Neftegaz.RU. Luis Arce, President of Bolivia, and Kirill Komarov, Rosatom´s 1st Deputy Director, took part in the 1st Concrete ceremony of the Research Reactor Complex therefore setting off the construction works for the key element of the Center for Nuclear Technology Research and Development (CNTRD).

Despite the pandemic and the related restrictions, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom moved on with project implementation, keeping the high pace of the CNTRD construction.

The CNTRD will be used to produce radiopharmaceuticals, and will allow to carry out more than 5000 oncology diagnostics and treatment procedures per year.
The center will also perform radiation treatment of agricultural products to improve their quality, extend their shelf life and significantly increase exports.

The research reactor and laboratories will allow for advanced research and training of highly qualified personnel for the nuclear industry.
Luis Arce said:
  • Thanks to the infrastructure [of the Center] Bolivian and foreign scientists will be able to conduct unprecedented nuclear research at an altitude of 4,000 m above sea level, which will help us in various industries, such as mining, water resources, agriculture, and they will also carry out a multitude of other studies for the benefit of the Bolivian people
Kirill Komarov noted:
  • This is our 1st project in Latin America of such significance, and we are doing our best to implement it successfully and meet the project time goals
  • Despite all the difficulties, the Russian side fully complies with its contract obligations, and I am sure that in the coming years we will maintain the momentum we have gained
Rosatom has completed major construction works at Construction 1 facilities, and now the company preparing to hand over The Cyclotron Radiopharmacy Preclinical Complex and the Multipurpose Irradiation Center to the customer by the end of 2021.

The deadline for commissioning the remaining facilities of the center, including the reactor complex is set for 2024.

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