Brazil to approve construction of four nuclear plants in 2011

11:08, January 08, 2011      

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Brazil's Energy Minister Edison Lobao said on Friday the government will approve this year construction of four nuclear power plants in the country.

"We will approve the construction of these four (plants) this year," Lobao told a news conference.

There are two nuclear power plants currently in operation in Brazil, Angra 1 and Angra 2. Both are located in the small town of Angra dos Reis, in Rio de Janeiro state, in the country's southeastern region.

The construction of a third plant in the same area, Angra 3, was suspended years ago, but is to be resumed and is expected to be operational by 2015.

There are still no estimates for the capacity of the four new plants or the costs.

According to Lobao, the four plants will be built in different parts of the country, two in the northeast and two in the southeast.

Source: Xinhua
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