19-08-2005 – A delegation of the Argentine Congress visits works of the nuclear reactor which INVAP is building in Australia : By invitation of the Australian Parlament, a delegation of the Argentine National Congress recently visited the very advanced construction site of the OPAL reactor INVAP is building for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia.
The parliamentary delegates received a very good impression of both the high advancement and the immense complexity of nthe facility under construction. At present, preoperational tests are already under way. This is one of the most intensive and interesting moments of the construction, and the one which involves the highest number of Argentine professionals –as many as 40 at work on the site. One hundred more attend to their needs from INVAP´s headquarters in Bariloche.
Works under way namely include the interconnections of one particularly complex structure, the neutron reflector tank, entirely built of Zircalloy at the shops of INVAP in Bariloche.
Argentine congress delegation visiting OPAL reactor
Tests will continue during 2005. The inauguration of the OPAL reactor is programmed for mid-2006.
The Chief of Operations of ANSTO, Dr. Ron Cameron, made a public statement underlining the importante of this visit, which he considered very beneficial as confirmation of the solid links relating his country with Argentina, and foreseeing other future common endeavours between Australia and Argentina. (See his complete statement at the ANSTO website)