The federal government plans to build four to eight nuclear power plants in Brazil. The plan was confirmed on Tuesday by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in defense of the conclusion of Angra 3 in Rio. Currently, the country has only two nuclear power plants in operation – Angra 1 and 2 – that account for 1.2% of the national electricity generation.
“The 2030 National Energy Plan (PNE 2030) foresees the construction of four to eight nuclear power plants in the country. This scenario tends to be confirmed by PNE 2050, a publication expected shortly,“ the ministry note said.
In the Government view, Angra 3′s conclusion is important, since it brings scale to the entire production chain of the sector, from the production of fuel to the generation of energy.
“This becomes even more relevant when one considers that Brazil will need to invest in energy for the future, due to increased demand and the depletion of hydroelectric potential,“ the text added.
With the resumption of Angra 3′s works in 2009, the Lula government came to rehearse a plan to build a series of nuclear power plants in Brazil. The nuclear program envisaged the construction of another four mills of 1,000 MW by 2030, two in the Northeast and two in the Southeast. The plan did not go forward.
Government’s intention to resume the plan to build between four and eight new nuclear power plants in the country was revealed by the ministry in defending the viability of Angra 3 and asserting that the completion of the plant will not bring a burden to the consumer.
Last Sunday, an official press release reminds us that the government allowed the tariff that will compensate the power generated by the plant to jump from R $ 240 to R $ 480 per megawatt/hour, and that even power plants would provide cheaper electricity.