Officials study return to nuclear power for Mexico

2 March 2005

Mexico’s federal government is studying the possibility of reactivating a nuclear power programme after nearly 15 years of suspension.

José Ortiz Magaña, director of the National Institute of Nuclear Research, has been quoted as saying that nuclear power could generate up to 10GWe of the total 40GWe needed by the country in the next seven years. Three sites have reportedly been identified by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) where nuclear plants might possibly be built, including Cazones, Veracruz; northern Veracruz and Laguna Verde. An exisiting two-unit plant at Laguna Verde has already been operating for nearly 15 years and is expected to be uprated from 1282MWe to 1410MWe total during 2005.

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