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At IYNC-WiN2018, you will have the opportunity to join technical tours of Argentina and Brazil’s top nuclear facilities.


Bariloche Atomic Center (CAB according to the Spanish acronym), San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province.


Located where the nuclear activity was born in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro Province, this Atomic Center walked its first steps during the novel years of the 1950´s, becoming the very first Atomic Center in Latin America and one of the few around the world by then. It was created with the purposes of Research and Development in Nuclear Sciences, and since its origins it has been supported by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), an organization of the argentine state committed to the development and application of advanced technologies in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It is worth mentioning that at the present, CNEA develops diverse research and development activities on the field at different atomic centers and sites, becoming “CAB” one of the three under the domain of the institution.

The Center it is mainly devoted to research, development and training of human resources in the area of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Among the facilities it hosts:

  • The RA-6 (1 MW) research reactor, used mainly for training and education purposes, but also to perform research activities within the fields of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy technique. Since an agreement between CNEA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the reactor is involved on the “Internet Reactor Laboratory” (IRL) project, by which regional institutional counterparts benefit from the argentine experience and infrastructure, facilitating the training of their own human resources;
  • The CAREM Simulator Control Room, of the first Small Modular Reactor 100% designed by CNEA where personnel is being trained to operate the future prototype. ;
  • RA–10 research reactor and CAREM engineering facilities and laboratories, experiment rooms where the main technical groups are working on the betterment of these projects;
  • Nanotechnology laboratories, integrated by cleanrooms where all sorts of experimental activities on the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology are being performed;
  • The Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Center a center under construction about to start its operation, that will combine CNEA experience on nuclear applications on health, as well with human resources training and activities of diagnose and treatment of patients;
  • The CAB houses the prestigious Balseiro Institute, a worldwide recognized training institute that has prepared national and foreign human resources in the nuclear field;
  • And last but not least the “Leo Falicov” Library, where reference books and publications are kept and available for consultation along with virtual resources on topics linked with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

From the very beginning of the National Nuclear Plan, the importance ofHuman Resources training was manifest, and in this sense in 1955 the School of Advanced Physics, in charge of the prestigious PhD. José A. Balseiro was established on the grounds of the CAB. Later on, this Institute adopted the name of its founder, and today it is known worldwide as the “Balseiro Institute”. Presently the Balseiro Institute is a world renowned Nuclear training facility, well experienced in the field and currently the Institute grants Academic Degrees in Physics, Nuclear, Mechanical and Telecommunications Engineering. Also the Institute grants Masters in Physics,Engineering, Medical Physics and PhDs in Physics; Nuclear Engineering; Engineering Sciences; and a Specialization in Technological Applications of Nuclear Energy, among others.

In order to study in the Balseiro Institute, 3rd year university students from all over the region, apply for a scholarship, but only the highest grades and the more promising students make it to its classrooms. This is wherethe new generations of nuclear engineers and physicist carry out their studies in the nuclear field.

In recent years the Balseiro Institute got the recognition of IAEA as an “IAEA Collaborating Centre for Human Resources Development for Nuclear Technologies and their Applications”.

Atucha site – Buenos Aires province, Argentine Republic.


Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. is the company which generates electric energy in a nuclear way, and it is an essential part of the development of the Argentine Nuclear Plan.

Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. is the company which generates electric energy in a nuclear way, and it is an essential part of the development of the Argentine Nuclear Plan.

Atucha I was the first nuclear power plant in the Latin American region, and started its operation in 1974. Currently, it has a gross electrical power of 362 MW, as a fuel it uses a mixture of natural uranium (0,72%) and slightly enriched uranium with an enrichment of 0,85%. The NPP is cooled and moderated with heavy water (D20) and it belongs to the reactor type Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). The main constructor was the German company Siemens AG.

In the same nuclear site it is located Atucha II, with a capacity of 745 MW also based on natural uranium and heavy water. The main stone of the NPP was established in 1982, and between 1994 and 2006 its construction was stopped, until the reactivation of the Argentine Nuclear Plan. The reactivation of this work represented recovering specialized professionals and technicians, regaining the national capabilities for designing and building of nuclear power plants in Argentina. Atucha II began its operation in 2014.

It is worth mentioning that currently NA-SA is responsible for the Life Extension and Revamping Project of the Embalse Nuclear Power Plant, as well as for the construction of a fourth and fifth NPP in collaboration with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).


San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province, Argentine Republic.


INVAP S.E. is a provincial state-own company devoted to the design and construction of complex technological systems, with more than 30 years of history in the domestic market and more than twenty in the international scene. Its mission is to develop state-of-the-art technology in different industrial, scientific and applied research fields, thus creating “technological packages” with high added value, to meet domestic requirements or to be exported to international markets.

Since its origins in 1976, the Company has grown from a small office to a surface area of over 10,000 square meters of laboratories, workshops and office space. The head office of INVAP S.E. is located in San Carlos de Bariloche, in the foothills of the Andes, about 1.700 km southwest of Buenos Aires City. Domestically, INVAP S.E. holds a close relation with the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and the Space Activities Commission (CONAE). Internationally, the company is related to numerous organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NA-SA), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), the Algerian Atomic Energy Commission (COMENA) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (AEA).

Its main activities are focused in the following areas: Nuclear, Aerospace, Government & Defense and Industrial and Medical Equipment. The Company has designed and built several research and radioisotope production reactors worldwide, low orbit Earth observation satellites, industrial plants, radar systems and radiotherapy centres, among other achievements and about 80% of INVAP S.E. staff is comprised of highly qualified technicians and professionals, organized in dynamic structures that may easily adapt to form working groups for the various projects developed by the Company.

INVAP S.E. new headquarters are located on the main access to San Carlos de Bariloche, some 4 km away from downtown. The complex is formed by three main buildings interconnected by pedestrian bridges. One of the constructions is a highly complex “smart building”, provided with filtered air, regulated temperature and humidity, and rooms designed for the development and integration of satellites, for the useful loads they will transport and for equipment requiring a clean atmosphere. This controlled inner atmosphere is mandatory for satellite integration, but is also useful for other microelectronic systems intended to work in extreme conditions. Besides the satellite integration rooms, the site provides test and support facilities for disciplines such as optics, electronics – specially radio frequency, even of high power – to develop satellite useful loads such as remote sensing and radars. The satellite integration room is equipped with glazed viewing corridors so that visitors may watch the process without interfering.

Electronuclear – Brazil

Angra Nuclear Power Plants Site, Angra dos Reis, Federative Republic of Brazil.


“Admiral Álvaro Alberto Nuclear Power Plant”, commonly known as “Angra”, is located at Itaorna, Angra dos Reis municipality, was so named in homage to the pioneering researcher of nuclear technology in Brazil and main promoter of a national policy for the nuclear sector.

his site houses 2 NPPs, Angra I and Angra II, and a third NPP under construction, which will be named Angra III.

The first Brazilian nuclear power plant was built in the 1970s. It is a PWR type (pressurized water) reactor. Since 1985, when it connected to the grid, Angra I has been generating electric power sufficient for meeting the demand of towns like Vitória or Florianópolis (around 1 millon of inhabitants). This first nuclear power plant was procured on a turn-key basis as part of a package sale including no technology transfer on the part of the vendor. Still, the experience accumulated by Eletronuclear in all these years of commercial operation, with efficiency indicators surpassing those of many similar plants, lead the company to have the ability to carry out a continuous technology improvement program and incorporate the nuclear industry’s most recent advances.

The construction and operation of Angra II NPP started in 1975l. It is also a PWR type reactor rated at 1.350 MW. Because it has the largest electric generator in the South Hemisphere, Angra II contributes to maintaining the hydro power plants’ reservoirs at such levels as not to compromise electricity supply to Brazil’s most economically important region, the Southeast.

At the same site, Angra III is under construction by Eletronuclear. The unit will have a power of 1.405 MW. Up to the present the civil works are advanced around 67%.