Russia Will Build the First Nuclear Research and Technology Center in Bolivia

Pluronational State of Bolivia and the Russian Federation signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy and in construction of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center.

The Agreements were signed by Sergey Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom, from the Russian side, and Luis Alberto Sanchez, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, from the Bolivian side, in the presence of Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.

The Nuclear Research and Technology Center will allow Bolivia to proceed to mastering the nuclear technologies and its application in science, medicine, geology, agriculture and other areas. In particular, the Center will providethe opportunity to start production of radioisotopes in Bolivia for their wide use in diagnostics and treatment of cancerous diseases which makes the nuclear medicine more affordable for the population of Bolivia. The application of irradiationtechnologies for food and agricultural products treatment, pest and bacteria control will make it possible to increase the products storage period while creating conditions for the increase of national agricultural products export.

The Center will be equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment for researches within the framework of the national nuclear and research program of Bolivia, contributing to the improvement of the education and science level in the country.

The Nuclear Research and Technology Center construction project is unique for the global nuclear industry. The site chosen by the Bolivian side for the Center in El Alto is at the highest altitude (4100 meters above sea level) of all the sites in the world where a nuclear objekt has ever been built.

According to Sergey Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom, the construction of the Center in El Alto will create unique conditions for development of the modern nuclear science, technologies and medicine in Bolivia. 'Today Rosatom is the only company inthe world that proposes the integrated approach to its customers. Besides the construction of the Center and research reactor for our Bolivian partners, we will also provide training for future specialists, equip laboratories and arrange nuclear fuel supplies. This will be the most advanced Center in Latin Americawith the most advanced equipment. Apart from thenuclear science development, the Center will make it possible to save hundreds of thousands of lives from various serious diseases', he said.

Source: Rosatom
Date: Mar 7, 2016