September 17, 2018
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces $1.1 million contribution to power IAEA labs
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced today that the United States will contribute $1,163,090 to fund a new energy center at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear applications laboratories.
Speaking to the General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna, Secretary Perry said he was “pleased to announce that the United States is making a $1.1 million extra-budgetary contribution to help the IAEA build a new energy center to power its nuclear applications laboratories. These labs help Member States reap the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
The energy center will power the renovated nuclear applications laboratories at Seibersdorf. It will include cost-saving energy-efficiency features and will ensure that the IAEA’s laboratories can continue to respond to Member State development needs.
Seibersdorf is located in Austria, one hour outside the Austrian capital of Vienna.
According to the IAEA, the modernization of the nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, unique within the UN system, will significantly enhance and expand the services and infrastructure that the laboratories can provide for Member States, and will position the laboratories to better adapt to meet future needs that may emerge. This will ensure that in the years to come the laboratories will have the core capabilities needed to help Member States maximize the benefits nuclear science and technology can deliver in the pursuit of their development goals.
This contribution from the United States for the labs’ new energy center builds on already strong U.S. support for the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) project. In a letter to the IAEA, the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna reiterated that the United States remains fully committed to IAEA peaceful uses programs and to working with the IAEA to ensure that U.S. contributions benefit high priority Member State needs.
For more information about the U.S. pledge, please contact UNVIEPress@state.gov.
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