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Bolivia's nuclear research and technology center to pilot : New Nuclear

August 9, 2022

A Cyclotron Radiopharmaceutical Preclinical Facility (CRPC) and a Multipurpose Irradiation Center (MIC) are being piloted at the Nuclear Technology Research and Development Center in Bolivia.

After the inspection, it was announced that “technical equipment will enter the pilot phase” (Image: @ABENinforma/Twitter)

The project, which is under construction in El Alto at an altitude of 4000 meters, is a joint project between the Bolivian Atomic Energy Agency (ABEN) and Rusatom Overseas, part of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom.

The Nuclear Research and Technology Center brings together advanced nuclear technologies for medical, agricultural and other industries. His first two phases of construction, CRPC and MIC, have been completed, with construction and installation work continuing on Phases 3 and 4, including a research reactor complex and laboratory building, which is scheduled to be operational in 2024. .

By launching a multi-purpose irradiation center, genetic improvement of seeds, pest control, According to ABEN, it helps “extend the shelf life of food, preserve raw materials, enforce phytosanitary control, and reduce the amount of loss and waste.”

ABEN has announced that it will soon complete the training of the Bolivian scientists responsible for operating both said CRPC was a factory that produced radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals later used for accurate and safe diagnosis of tumor, heart and neurological diseases.

The cyclotron – a particle accelerator – will provide enough radiopharmaceuticals in Bolivia for 5,000 patients a year to undergo medical examinations using advanced nuclear medicine products, without the need to travel abroad, Rosatom said in a statement. .

The latest after Bolivia’s Deputy Minister of High Energy Technology Alvaro Arnes Prado and Deputy Minister of Energy Development Planning Mario Alberto Sapiencia Arrieta conducted a technical inspection of the center in El Alto to assess the progress of its construction. A progress update has been made. works. El Alto Senator Virginia Velasco, Eusebio Arquipa, Executive Director of the Power and Nuclear Technical Administration, Hortensia Jimenez, Executive Director of the Bolivian Atomic Energy Agency, and the President of Rosatom attended. Abroad, Evgeny Pachermanov.

During the visit, on 5 August, a test irradiation of a batch of medical devices was successfully performed.

“The facility built has advanced high-tech equipment, and experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency are accompanying this construction process,” said Jiménez.

“In collaboration with our Bolivian partners, we have done an excellent job at the cyclotron complex to train Bolivian students who are in the final stages of their training to produce fluoroglucose, a radiopharmaceutical that is of great importance in diagnosing neoplastic diseases. Once testing is complete and the necessary licenses are obtained, CRPC will begin supplying radiopharmaceuticals to medical centers in Bolivia,” said Parkermanov.

“Bolivia is becoming one of the most important countries in Latin America in the use of nuclear technology,” he added.

Last year, Pakhermanov said world nuclear news “Bolivia’s CNTRD will undoubtedly become a landmark for the entire global nuclear industry due to its unique location.”

Researched and written by World Nuclear News