Russia starts construction of Nuclear Research Center in Bolivia

Russia starts construction of Nuclear Research Center in Bolivia
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In July, Bolivia will begin construction of a Nuclear Research Center in cooperation with the Russian atomic energy corporation Rosatom, TelesurTV reported on Saturday.

The Latin American television channel notes that the Center will conduct research of radiation technologies in the field of agriculture and medicine.

“The project is ready for launch. It looks like the works at El Alto will begin at the end of July,” Russia’s ambassador to Bolivia, Vladimir Sprinchan, was quoted as saying. The head of the diplomatic mission has explained that the facility under construction is not intended for electricity generation. He has stressed that this is about a “research center with a very small reactor that does not need much water”, which wastes will be sent to an industrial factory to prevent contamination.

Earlier, in 2016, Russia and Bolivia concluded an agreement on cooperation, which includes, among other things, the construction of the Center for Nuclear Research in El Alto. In 2017, Bolivia signed a contract with an enterprise of the state corporation Rosatom envisaging the facility’s construction. The project is estimated at more than 300 million US dollars, with the Center designed to operate for 50 years.