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Offline ssfc72

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The island hosting the ruins of a nuclear lab
« on: February 25, 2020, 06:27:01 am »
An interesting short BBC video on a German scientist, who after WWII persuaded the Argentine president to fund the attempt to develop Nuclear fusion.  As a side note from me, I believe GE Canada/AECL did have some role in the supply of equipment/fueling machines for the Argentine Nuclear fission plant, in the 1970's?

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p084871w/the-island-hosting-the-ruins-of-a-nuclear-lab
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Re: The island hosting the ruins of a nuclear lab
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2020, 07:20:05 am »
You're good at finding the most eclectic films, ssfc, but I appreciate it. I'm exposed to new ideas, concepts and histories that I never would have otherwise been. I had no idea that they were trying in the 1940s to develop nuclear fission in Argentina, of all places! I wonder if they were the first to think about it? Probably not, but one wonders. For those that are curious, the video is a little less than 7 minutes long, so not a huge commitment of time. It reminds me of one of the Canadian film board movies.

Regarding the AECL involvement in Argentina, I found this article about a refurbishment of a nuclear power plant there in 2011, but it was SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. But this plant was built in 1984 so they probably had another one you are talking about that was built before then. Or SNC-Lavalin farmed out part of the work to GE. First I've ever heard of them being involved with nuclear. I wonder how many officials they bribed there to get the contract.
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Re: The island hosting the ruins of a nuclear lab
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2020, 01:46:34 am »
I believe SNC-Lavalin bought out either AECL or maybe it just was the nuclear services part of AECL?
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Re: The island hosting the ruins of a nuclear lab
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2020, 09:07:16 am »
Apparently AECL is still around but it's focus has changed they don't sell nuclear reactors or do refurbishments now so maybe SNC has been handling it for a while. But I'd expect they probably just handled the logistics part since their experience is in construction, I believe. Here's what the AECL website says about what they do now:

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That doesn't mean what you're saying didn't happen, because the article I quoted was in 2011 about a refurbishment. It doesn't say who originally built the reactor. And there were probably other reactors before then so what you're saying happened likely did. I don't recall, ssfc, did you build fuel assemblies? Or were you in QA?




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Re: The island hosting the ruins of a nuclear lab
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2020, 01:23:34 pm »
The building of the Argentine nuclear fission electricity generating plant was before my time at GE Canada.  GE Canada may have built the fueling  machines.  I know we did supply some other replacement parts for the fueling machines, while I worked as a technician at GE Nuclear Peterborough.
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