Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) has signed an agreement with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina to refurbish Argentina’s first CANDU power station and conduct a feasibility study for another 700 MWe CANDU 6 power station.

The agreement specifies a number of nuclear-related projects for joint co-operation. including the refurbishment of the Embalse plant, a feasibility study for the next CANDU station to go into service around 2015 and assistance to Nucleoeléctrica Argentina to help complete a reactor originally supplied by Germany. The agreement will also create commercial opportunities for Argentina to supply services and heavy water to international CANDU markets.