Argentina and Romania join nuclear group

Argentina and Romania are to become full members of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Both nations are active players in the nuclear sector, have well established relationships with the NEA and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Argentina and Romania are to become full members of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

Both nations are active players in the nuclear sector, have well established relationships with the NEA and have significant research capacities.

The agency, which is part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), expects the deal to be mutually beneficial in a number of areas, particularly with regards to improving safety standards and developing activities related to pressurised heavy water reactor technology.

The NEA also hopes to collaborate with the two countries on electricity market design, high level waste management and scientific research infrastructures.

NEA Director General William D. Magwood, IV, said: “We are pleased to have Argentina and Romania join the NEA family to take part in collaborations related to the application of nuclear science and technology and in the global debate on the energy mix required to meet the security of energy supply, socio economic and environmental goals of the future.”

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