Buildings in “Profesor Julio Escudero” and “Arturo Prat” stations in the Antarctic Peninsula will be refurbished to expand scientific areas.
With an investment of 1 million dollars, the Chilean Antarctic Institute Director, José Retamales, announced that the scientific facilities in “Profesor Julio Escudero” and “Arturo Prat” stations in theAntarctic Peninsulawill be enlarged during this years Antarctic Expedition.
The main investment will be done in Escudero Station, with an increase in the dining, recreation, library, and conference rooms. This will allow INACH to free a complete building and dedicate it scientific activities with a new wet laboratory for marine biology studies.
Once the refurbish jobs are concluded,Escudero Station,Chile’s biggest station in Antartica, will have250 m2more distributed in two floors to reach a total surface of1.159 m2.
Simultaneously, INACH will also be working to enlarge the facilities of the scientific module in Arturo Prat station, which belongs to the Chilean Army. Once reopened, it will have doubled the capacity in the laboratory and will be able to accommodate up to 10 scientists.