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Electricity generation in Cuba

Nuclear power

Currently no NPP is operating in Cuba.

Developments in the nuclear sector

2000: Abandoning of plan to construct NPP

Lacking financing to finish what they started almost two decades ago, Russia and Cuba have agreed to abandon an incomplete nuclear power station at Juragua on the southern coast of the island, Russian officials traveling with President Vladimir V. Putin said during the weekend.

The decision was reached after President Fidel Castro told Mr. Putin during four rounds of talks last week that Cuba was no longer interested in completing the twin 440-megawatt reactor plant that would have provided a significant addition to Cuba's dilapidated electrical power grid.
(source: New York Times Dec. 18, 2000)

1996: Plan to finnish construction of NPP

From the day the Cuban Government began building an atomic reactor here in the early 1980's, American officials were alarmed at the prospect that a nuclear power plant of Soviet design and questionable safety would be going into operation less than 200 miles from American shores, but powerless to do anything about it.

So when President Fidel Castro came to this beachfront site on Cuba's southern coast three and a half years ago to tell thousands of workers that construction of "the undertaking of the century" was being suspended, the United States, along with Cuba's Caribbean neighbors, breathed a sigh of relief, certain that Cuba's nuclear adventure was finally at an end.

But now the project, which has already cost more than $1 billion, has suddenly come roaring back to life. Late last year, Cuba and Russia announced the formation of a joint work group to raise the $750 million they estimate will be required to finish construction of a 675-megawatt reactor here by the end of this decade, and began looking for a foreign partner.

Completion of the mothballed plant hinges on many factors, not the least of which is raising so much money during a period of severe economic austerity both here and in Russia. But Cuban officials argue that they must plunge ahead to bring down their energy costs, end their almost complete dependence on expensive imported oil and alleviate the power shortage that has resulted in rotating blackouts in Havana and other areas.
(source: New York Times, February 25, 1996)

Sites With Nuclear Facilities

siteplantreactor typconstruction startoperation startshut down
JuraguaJuragua-1WWER 4401983