6 Sep, 2018, 09:20 - 09:50

Luis Eduardo López, Project Management Division, Head, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica

Curriculum Vitae
33 years experience in the nuclear sector. Former Raw Material Exploration Manager of the CNEA. At present, in charge of projects on nuclear resource at national and international levels. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert and national counterpart of technical cooperation (TC) and coordinated research projects (RCP). Member of the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)/ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Uranium Group. Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Expert Group for Resource Classification (EGRC). Raw Material Committee Director of the Argentine Association of Nuclear Technology. Professor at Dan Beninson Nuclear Institute and Buenos Aires University. Author of numerous publications and presentations on resources for nuclear fuel.


In 1992, owing to the low prices in the international uranium market, the import of uranium concentrates began from South Africa, a situation that gradually led to the closure of local production in 1997. Since then, there has been no production of uranium in Argentina, while the uranium needs from operating nuclear power plants have been met with raw material imports (i.e. from Canada, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan). However, despite the fact that international uranium market has been depressed in recent years, the free on board (FOB) prices that Argentina has paid for the purchase of yellowcake in the spot market have not necessarily been trivial, mainly due to the increases in transportation charges, insurance premiums and taxes. This paper attempts to present a comprehensive and updated vision of uranium resources, project status and the perspective of local production of uranium oxide concentrate with respect to the foreseeable demand for nuclear energy generation in the country. In addition, raw material supply from the Latin American Region is briefly discussed.