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Brazil’s nuclear power: no change

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 16, 2011

by Samantha Pearson for Financial Times – Beyond Brics, March 15th, 2011.

Japan has suffered “a disaster of gigantic proportions” but that’s no reason to abandon Brazil’s nuclear plans, according to Edson Lobão, the country’s mines and energy minister (pictured).

Brazil is currently building its third nuclear reactor and plans more over the next few decades as a way of diversifying its energy resources.

Brazilian plants have the benefit of newer protective plating, Lobão said. But, most importantly, Brazil has the benefit of not having earthquakes (well, not on the scale of those in Japan anyway).

The country’s geology researchers have worked out that the type of seismic tremors capable of putting Brazil’s nuclear reactors at risk are only likely to happen about once every 50,000 years.

The reactors, located on the coast in Rio de Janeiro state, are also housed in buildings reinforced with concrete and steel bars and monitored by an earthquake warning system, according to government-controlled Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of electricity utility Eletrobras. (continue reading… )



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