ROSATOM Starts Work for Research Reactor Complex in Bolivia
Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, took part in the ‘First Concrete’ ceremony of the Research Reactor Complex therefore setting off the construction works for the key element of the Center for Nuclear Technology Research and Development. Despite the pandemic and the related restrictions, The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM moved on with project implementation, keeping the high pace of the CNTRD construction. The center´s project is unique for the whole nuclear industry: it is located 4000 meters above sea level, and currently represents the highest nuclear facility in the world. Its construction will greatly contribute to the development of science, medicine, agriculture and education in Bolivia, along with providing more than 500 highly qualified jobs for El Alto and La Paz residents.
The CNTRD will be used to produce radiopharmaceuticals, and will allow to carry out more than 5000 oncology diagnostics and treatment procedures per year. The center will also perform radiation treatment of agricultural products to improve their quality, extend their shelf life and significantly increase exports. This kind of food treatment does not affect the taste of food products, and is absolutely safe for the consumer which makes it a much-in-demand technology worldwide. The research reactor and laboratories will allow for advanced research and training of highly qualified personnel for the nuclear industry.