Ambassador: Germany Would Assist Atucha Extentension

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Thursday, February 1, 2001

Germany's government is willing to help its Argentine counterpart to prolong the life of the Atucha I nuclear plant, according to Germany's ambassador to Argentina Hans Ulrich Spohn, who said German engineering company Siemens was interested in the possible project, news agency DyN (Argentina) reported.

Germany awaits an Argentine proposal for it to take a part in the Atucha I work, Spohn said, adding there has not been any official meeting of the two countries to discuss this theme.

Atucha I started operating in 1974 with 335MW and, although plants of this kind have a useful life of some 20 years, Atucha I has already been extended by changing components, work carried out by technicians from Argentina's state-owned nuclear company CNEA.

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