After 22-Year Interruption Brazil Resumes Its Nuclear Program

Work at Angra 3 has stopped for 22 years. The Lula administration has authorized the resumption of plans to expand Brazil's nuclear power program, basically giving the green light for a third power plant. Work on the Angra 3 reactor, near Rio de Janeiro in the Brazilian Southeast, has been stalled for 22 years due to lack of money and political issues.

The administration of Brazilian President, Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva, has committed Eletronuclear, a company under government aegis to proceed with the development of Angra 3, as part of an overall plan to ensure electricity demand for the country's booming economy.

"Things have changed a lot, and today it's clearer to everyone that nuclear energy has a role to play in the Brazilian electrical system, just like the other forms of producing electricity, which can't be dismissed," said Leonam GuimarΓ£es, an Eletronuclear spokesman.

GuimarΓ£es also said that Eletronuclear has pledged to comply with each of 60 conditions the Brazilian government set in granting the country a license to restart work on the third reactor.

Brazil has become the world's tenth largest energy consumer and the third consumer in the Western hemisphere behind the United States and Canada, according to thee US Department of Energy.

Brazil currently has two nuclear plants in operation which supply about 3% of the country's electricity, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Other countries in the region that use nuclear power for generating electricity are Mexico (5% of electricity); Argentina 7%; Canada, 16% and US, 19%.

France leads in electrical power generation from nuclear reactors, 78%, followed by Lithuania 72%, Slovakia, 57% and Belgium 54%.

Brazil's two reactors went into use in 1985 and 2000. They supply about half the electrical power used in the state of Rio de Janeiro, according to Eletronuclear. Eletronuclear plans to begin construction work on Angra 3 in February and hopes that it will generate electricity by 2014.

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  • Ann Garrison

    “A role to play in the Brazilian electrical system, just like the other forms of electricity, which can’t be dismissed?”
    Just what might that “role” be? Might it be generating bomb grade uranium, which is part of what nuclear reactors do? Particularly
    since Lula da Silva, despite Brazil’s enormous oil wealth, is now building bio-fuels plants in starving Africa, just like any big ugly imperial wanna be, and because the possession of bomb-grade uranium, or close alliance with a nuclear weapons state, is absolutely essential to any potentate with imperial aspirations? Does anyone really believe that Brazil does not also aspire to build nuclear bombs? Why else would anyone build a nuclear power plant, the most costly and dangerous method of generating electricity ever created?

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]And to Ann Garisson your “the most costly and dangerous method of generating electricity ever created” and your reference to atomic bombs : you should educate yourself some more ! Do you think that Lithuania, Slovakia, just to name 2 countries mentionned above with a far higher nuclear capacity, adjusted for the population size of course, have the knowledge, expertises and tools….to build ATOMIC BOMBS ?????[/quote]

    Very good comments. Would Ms.Garrisson care to rebut them?

  • ch.c.

    “After 22-Year Interruption Brazil Resumes Its Nuclear Program”
    A promise done and written about TWICE a year…during Lula reign !!!!

    And from who will you buy the technology ?
    Fact is Brazil has no expertise/technology in building these plants reactors, wether you like or not.

    And to Ann Garisson your “the most costly and dangerous method of generating electricity ever created” and your reference to atomic bombs : you should educate yourself some more ! Do you think that Lithuania, Slovakia, just to name 2 countries mentionned above with a far higher nuclear capacity, adjusted for the population size of course, have the knowledge, expertises and tools….to build ATOMIC BOMBS ?????
    Of course not !
    It all depends of the uranium enrichment type of process, Or said otherwise most countries with existing nuclear power plants DONT HAVE THE CAPACITY to build ATOMIC BOMBS…..if you did not know !
    Is mixing everything your expertise, or is it to talk about…… what you know nothing about ???

    Hmmmmm !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜₯

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