Big ‘if’ facing Brazil’s plan for third reactor


Ever since Brazil’s National Energy Policy Council in June 2007 endorsed plans for Angra 3, the country’s third nuclear plant, the project has seemed a forgone conclusion. Officials view the 1,400-megawatt, R$7.2 billion (US$4.5 billion) reactor as a means of avoiding future energy shortages. They also feel Angra 3 will help maintain some diversity in a power grid dominated by hydroelectricity. If the plant starts up as planned in 2014, nuclear power will continue to account for 2% of the energy Brazil produces as new hydropower comes on line. (See “Brazil to build third nuclear-power station”—EcoAméricas, July ’07). Given the official support, it came as no surprise last month when Angra 3 cleared its last big bureaucratic hurdle by receiving... [Log in to read more]

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