Argentina's government said Wednesday that in five weeks it will restart operations at an enriched uranium plant as part of a peaceful pursuit of nuclear energy.
In five weeks, the Pilcaniyeu plant will resume production of enriched uranium, Argentine Planning Minister Julio de Vido said at a Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting in Buenos Aires.
The reopening of the Pilcaniyeu Technological Complex, located some 1,600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires and managed by the National Atomic Energy Commission, has required an investment outlay of 27 million dollars.
Argentina produced uranium on an experimental scale at Pilcaniyeu in the 1980s, when the country developed an enrichment method, but it later halted production at the plant.
With the reopening of the plant, Argentine will be producing that nuclear fuel component on an industrial scale for the first time.
Argentina also will join a group of 10 other countries recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency as producers of enriched uranium, De Vido said.
We expect that within five weeks our president, Cristina Fernandez, will be announcing it to the world and of course we're duly notifying the IAEA about this important upcoming event, the minister said.