Atucha II is a nuclear power plant in Argentina, based in Lima, Buenos Aires, built next to Atucha I. Its construction began in June 1981 under a contract with Siemens. Like Atucha I, is a nuclear reactor heavy pressure water (PHWR), planned to offer a much greater ptencia (about thermal energy. It must be 2,000 MW transformed into electricity remained at 750 MWe ). At the time it was started, he had the highest containment building around the world. The total cost is estimated at US $ 3.8 billion, or about $ 5500 / kWe, considerably higher than the world average $ 1500 / kWe.
Partly in response to energy shortages caused by natural gas crisis of 2004, the issue of Atucha II nuclear power plant was adopted by the Argentine government. In 2005, President Nestor Kirchner signed a decree to revive the construction and promised to complete it in 2009. Eduardo Messi, president of Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (the company in charge of the plant), told reporters that 93% of the components they were in storage or already installed.
On August 23, 2006, the government announced the revival of the national nuclear program, and updated its promise to finish Atucha II for 2010, spending a total of 1.850 billion pesos ($ 596 / & euro; 466 million). The nuclear plant is scheduled to go into operation with an installed capacity of about 750 MW (3% of the total installed electricity capacity of Argentina) capacity.
Atucha II began pre-launched on 28 September 2011 by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and is scheduled to begin commercial service in late 2012.
|Reactor model||PHWR KWU|
|Owner||Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A.|
|Operator||Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A.|