Brazil Plans to Build Four New Nuclear Power Plants by 2030
By Dialogo June 11, 2009Brazil, 9 June (EFE). - The Brazilian government expects to build four new nuclear power plants by 2030, producing a thousand megawatts of power each, a senior official of the Ministry of Energy and Mining Industry said today. These four plants would be added to the two already existing in the country, Angra I and II, which produce a total of 2,000 megawatts, and to the third of this series, with 1,350 megawatts, which is projected and awaiting environmental approval to start construction in the town of Angra dos Reis (Rio de Janeiro). The first of the four new units will be built by 2019, five years after the date expected for Angra III, in the northeastern region between the towns of Salvador and Recife, Altino Ventura Filho, the Secretary of Energy Planning and Development from the Ministry of Energy and Mining Industry, explained. "The continuation of the nuclear program will be developed through two plant-owning towns, one in the northeast and another one in the southeast. What is being planned is that by 2030 two units will be constructed in each town,” said Ventura in a parliamentary commission that dealt with climate change. Despite the support for nuclear power, the secretary assured that, until 2030, Brazil will “try” to keep current levels of electric power production using renewable sources, which currently make up 46% of the energy matrix. "The Brazilian energy policy is to try to remain self-sufficient, continuing to get half of its energy from renewable sources,” said an official in the public commission, as recorded by the state organization “Agencia Brasil.“ The main source of fuel for the Brazilian power grid is hydroelectricity, which generates almost 80% of the electric power consumed in the country, and which is being supported by the government with the construction of several hydroelectric dams in fast-flowing rivers in the Amazon region.