Peru's nuclear power industry has been boosted with the opening of the nation's first nuclear reactor and research centre.
Peru's nuclear power industry has been boosted with the opening of the nation's first nuclear reactor and research centre. The complex, build with the aid of Argentina expertise, was opened at Huarangal near the capital, Lima, on Wednesday (26 July).
SYNOPSIS: Among those attending the opening ceremony was the President of Peru's Atomic Energy Institute, General Juan Ernesto Barreda and members of the nation's ruling military government. The President of the Argentina's National Atomic Energy Commission, Rear Admiral Carlos Castro Madero was also present. In a speech, General Barreda thanked the Argentine Government for its help in bringing the Peruvian nation into the nuclear age.
General Barreda said that Peru hoped, over a period of time to develop its nuclear expertise to the point where the benefits of this technology would give direct benefit to the nation in social development. He said that at the present time, Peru was aware of its limitations in this field. International co-operation, such as that displayed by the Argentine, would play an important role in its plans.
He said that the reactor and laboratories opened at Huarangal were the first stage in what will be a fully equipped and up-to-date nuclear centre at the site within the next four years, under an agreement with Argentina.
The assistance from Argentina in establishing the reactor and laboratories at Huarangal marks not only Peru's entry into the nuclear age, but also the first transfer of such nuclear expertise from one developing nation to another. Normally such knowledge is handed down from an already advanced nation. After the formalities, the guests were shown over the plant still in its formative period, but likely soon to pioneer a peaceful technological revolution that could soon change the face of contemporary Peru.