Brazil To Resume Construction Of 3rd Nuclear Power Plant

Rio de Janeiro - The construction of Brazil's long-delayed third nuclear power plant, Angra 3, will resume in September, the president of the country's nuclear power company Electronuclear, Othon Luiz Pinheiro, said on Friday.

The construction of Angra 3 started in 1984, but was halted in 1986 due to pressure from the media and environmental groups.

According to Pinheiro, the recommencement of work means Brazil is returning to nuclear power generation. It also opens the way for more nuclear power plants in the country.

"Our nuclear program will not be as spectacular as those of China and India, but we will have a moderate and constant growth from Angra 3 on," Pinheiro said.

The Brazilian government plans to build a nuclear complex with six plants in the northeastern region, each generating 1,000 megawatts. It is also contemplating a similar complex in the southeastern region.

The construction of Angra 3 also indicates that Brazil is diversifying its electricity production, said Pinheiro.

Brazil currently relies on hydroelectricity to produce around 90 percent of its energy.

This new nuclear power plant is expected to enter into service in December 2014, Pinheiro said.

Like Angra 1 and Angra 2, Brazil's first two nuclear power plants, Angra 3 will be built in the coastal town of Angra dos Reis in Rio de Janeiro Province. When finished, the plant will generate 1,350 megawatts of energy, bringing to 3,350 megawatts the total of the three plants.



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