Project Management Update from Argentina


By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

An Argentine mega-project is gaining visibility throughout the region: The nuclear reactor “Atucha II” reached 50 percent of its power on Tuesday July 22, and is providing 330 megawatt-hours of energy to the Argentine System (SADI) and in November plans to reach its 100 percent when the central delivers 745 megawatt/hour.

The Nuclear Power plant is based on natural uranium and heavy water, “Atucha II” located on the right bank of the River Paraná de las Palmas in the city of Lima (115 km north from Buenos Aires capital), has started producing power last June, initially generating a few megawatt/hour and from June 27 reaching 30 percent of its power. With the entry into this trade regime, this nuclear power plant is going to produce the equivalent to the energy consumed by about 3 million people and is expected to replace some of the fuel imports that the country is using today.

“Atucha II” is a modern nuclear plant, similar to the recently constructed plants in Germany, as well as in Spain “Trillo” and “Angra II” in Brazil, built in accordance with the construction licenses, standards and programs of inspection timely defined by the Argentina’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN).

From the point of view of design and construction it has upgraded security systems, which include the concept of defense in depth with successive barriers, containment sphere, physical separation of redundant safety systems, and service monitoring program, among other items.

The project completion and implementation of “Atucha II” has been developed by the company Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (NA-SA), composed by 79% by the Department of Energy’s Office, 20% by the Atomic Energy National Commission and 1% by the Binational Entity of Energy Ventures. The Management was given by the Engineer José Luis Antunez.

This company also manages the production and sale of energy generated by the other two of the three nuclear power plants that are in Argentina, “Atucha I” and “Embalse” totaling 1,750 megawatts hour.

Besides the own benefit of energy production for the country, having completed this project is an important milestone since it was suspended on more than one occasion, the last for over 10 years. The cornerstone of “Atucha II” was placed in 1980, but the project was stopped in 1994 and re-launched in 2006, when the Government reignited the Argentine Nuclear Plan.


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About the Author 

Cecilia BoggiCECILIA BOGGI flag-argentina

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cecilia Boggi, PMP is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 20 years both in the government and private sector. Cecilia also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths© and is alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012.  Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter. She has been designated by PMI in the role of Mentor of Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia has participated in the development of PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team and she is professor of Project Management in some Universities and Institutes in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

She can be contacted at [email protected]  and www.activepmo.com.ar

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