The President of the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), Adriana Cerquez, along with the Foundation’s Director General, Alberto Baruge, and the Director of Nuclear Medicine, Gustavo Santa Cruz, traveled to the Province of Formosa to learn about a career working at the facilities of the Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Center and the Dioxitech Uranium Processing Plant new.
They were accompanied on the tour by Ignacio Balia, Chief of Staff and Undersecretary of the Electricity Ministry; Santiago Sartori, President of Dioxitek; and Gaston Lidett, Deputy Director General of IEASA.
Both projects were promoted by the Energy Secretariat of the Nation and the Province of Formosa, and were implemented by CNEA and the aforementioned government companies.
At the Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Center, the CNEA authorities were able to identify the antecedents, the status of acquisition of equipment, related services, the necessary licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN) and the status status of the institution that will run the center.
The facilities – located in a highly complex hospital in the capital – have the Brachytherapy and Radiotherapy segment, which is 100% complete, and the Radiopharmaceutical segment at 80%. The equipment purchased is a PET/CT system, a Cyclotron Radiopharmacy System, two high-powered linear accelerators (APR), a high-dose brachytherapy equipment, a simulated tomography device, and a C-Arc device.
Center for Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Formosa
Subsequently, the CNEA authorities moved to the scientific and technological pole, where they toured the Dioxitek uranium processing plant whose work rhythm recovery was completed in 2020.
The NPU project consists of the design, construction, assembly and commissioning of an industrial plant that will have the most modern technology currently in place for this type of facility worldwide and that will allow the production of uranium dioxide (UO2) powder, which will be used in the manufacture of fuel elements used in Argentine nuclear power plants.
The project is part of an area where the scientific, technological and innovative pole of Formosa has been developed. It meets the need to have a space for interaction between the various actors associated with applied scientific research in order to develop and implement technologies in strategic sectors to enhance the regional economy.
After suffering paralysis due to lack of budget, the infrastructure and equipment assembly works were reactivated in 2021 in an accelerated manner.
The uranium purification plant will provide important technological, scientific and economic benefits to the city and county, will create jobs for hundreds of people from Formosa and Formosa and will allow the generation of small and medium-sized service companies to meet the needs of the plant.