The National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA)


CNEA is a national institution, created to advise the State's nuclear policy, and for developments in all aspects related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the country. To this end, it promotes technological innovation activities aimed at generating nuclear power, production and use of radioactive materials for medicine, agriculture and industry, the safe management of radioactive waste, and nuclear science research.

The National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA) is a national institution created on May 31, 1950, in charge of performing scientific, technical, industrial, commercial, administrative, and financial activities within the public and private sectors. Among its main responsibilities are the development of a highly specialized knowledge base, the development of nuclear science and technology, and the promotion of technological innovation. Another important responsibility is to advise the National Government on the definition of nuclear policies, to provide service to nuclear generation units, and to manage radioactive waste according to specific legislation.

CNEA is a national institution oriented towards conducting R&D in every aspect related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Thus, CNEA fosters technologicaly innovative activities in the nuclear area and consequently performs development and transfer of new technologies in related areas, in this way it has established technological support in the Argentine nuclear system as one of its main aims.

Most production activities, which were formerly performed by CNEA, are at present handled by private companies, with the exception of radioisotope production, heavy water production and equipment development and/or specific facilities. Most of CNEA facilities are located in the following sites: Headquarters (City of Buenos Aires); Constituyentes Atomic Centre (San Martín, Buenos Aires); Ezeiza Atomic Centre (Ezeiza, Buenos Aires); Bariloche Atomic Centre (San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro); Pilcaniyeu Technological Complex (Río Negro); San Rafael Industrial Mining Complex (San Rafael, Mendoza).

In the atomic centres and complexes projects are developed and administered on R&D, technology transfer and technical support.

Moreover, CNEA currently has four Regional Offices: Northwest, Cuyo, Centre, and Patagonia, whose missions are to carry out the exploration and prospecting of mineral resources of nuclear interests.