Friday, 12 June 2009

Brazil To Construct Four New 1,000 MW Nuclear Power Plants Through 2030

Government of Brazil is planning to construct four new 1,000 MW nuclear power plants through 2030, Altino Ventura Filho, the Mines and Energy Ministry’s energy planning and development secretary, said. The construction of a planned 1,350 MW plant in the town of Angra dos Reis, in Rio de Janeiro state, will be commenced once an environmental permit has been granted. The first of the four new facilities are to be built before 2019 – five years after the projected completion date for Angra III.
The four new facilities will be built in an area between the northeastern cities of Salvador and Recife, Ventura said.
The latest facilities will be in addition to two nuclear power stations, Angra I and II, with a combined capacity 2,000 MW, already in operation.
“The continuation of the nuclear program will be carried out (at) two locations ... one in the northeast and the other in the southeast and each could have several plants. What is being planned through 2030 are two facilities in each of them,” Ventura said.
According to Ventura, In spite to develop nuclear energy Brazil will try to maintain current levels of electricity production from renewable sources, which presently represent 46% of the country’s energy mix, through 2030.
“Brazil’s energy policy is to try to remain self-sufficient, with half (of the production) from renewable sources,” as reported by Agencia Brasil.

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