Argentina nuclear output edges up in November

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Net power demand in Argentina totaled 10.4TWh in November, up from 10.0TWh in same-month last year, wholesale power market regulator Cammesa said.

Net generation totaled 10.8TWh, with thermo accounting for 60.4%, hydro 33.9% and nuclear 3.04%. This compares with 60.9%, 34.8% and 2.33% in November 2013.

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The 745MW Atucha II nuclear plant came close to reaching full capacity in November, a period which included a blackout that left approximately half of capital Buenos Aires without power.

The 4.05GW Yacyretá hydro plant on the Argentina-Paraguay border generated 1.54TWh (up from 1.42TWh) for Argentina and registered water flow levels in line with historical averages, Cammesa said.

The Salto Grande dam on the country's border with Uruguay generated 481GWh for Argentina, down from 644GWh.

November also saw the completion of the 540MW Vuelta de Obligado combined cycle power station, which officially started up in the first week of December.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández at the Atucha II nuclear complex. CREDIT: AFP