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Russian Rosatom ready to participate in Angra 3 nuclear plant

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Russian company Rosatom, which signed a memorandum of technical cooperation with Eletronuclear and Eletrobras (at the end of November) to study the potential of nuclear power business in Brazil, is awaiting the definition of a business model for the resumption of construction of the Angra 3 nuclear power plant.

“Plans do exist, but they do not depend on us, but on the customers,” said Ivan Dybov, president of Rosatom Latin America. “The project is ready to be done,  but the business model is still missing.”

Eletrobras and Russian Rosatom signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, including construction of new plants in Brazil and support throughout its life cycle (operation, maintenance and decommissioning).

Also included in the agreement are the management of nuclear fuel, the extension of the useful life of existing nuclear power plants in the country (Angra 1 and Angra 2), education and training of Brazilian professionals working in the sector and the strengthening of public knowledge of the nuclear program Brazilian.

The partnership between the two countries in the sector is regulated by the cooperation agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and Brazil on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, dated September 15, 1994.

Brazil has two nuclear plants in operation and one under construction. Angra 1 began operating in 1985 and has an installed capacity of 640 megawatts (MW). Angra 2 went into operation in 2001, with an installed capacity of 1,350 MW. Angra 2, twin of Angra 2, had its construction interrupted after the work entered the investigation roll of the Lava Jato anti-corruption operation.