Australia The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation is planning to build a nuclear medicine molybdenum-99 manufacturing plant. The plant will be located in Menai, about 25 miles southwest of Sydney. The plant will include special shielded cells for the processing to ensure operator safety and systems to ensure gaseous emissions are safely controlled. Molybdenum-99 is used to produce technetium-99, a medical isotope used for diagnosing heart disease, cancers, and kidney and gastrointestinal tract disorders. Merrick & Co. will serve as the consulting engineering firm. Construction is expected to start in 2014, with production scheduled to begin in 2016. The project is valued at between $500 million and $700 million. Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Rd., Lucas Heights. DR#13-00599000.
Brazil Honda plans to build an assembly plant in Itirapina, about 120 miles north of São Paulo. The plant will produce compacts, with the first cars coming off the assembly line in 2015. The project is valued at $436 million. American Honda Motor Co., P.O. Box 2295, Torrance, California, 90509, USA. DR#13-00597944.