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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Brazil considers 60 nuclear plants

Power - Brazil may seek to build 50 to 60 nuclear reactors within the next 50 years to increase the country's supply of electricity, Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao says.

The reactors may generate as much as a combined 60,000 megawatts of power, the minister said Friday at the Angra dos Reis nuclear power station in Rio de Janeiro state.

Brazil is seeking to expand its thermal power generation capacity using nuclear and natural gas-fired plants to complement its hydroelectric system, which provides about 80 per cent of the country's electricity.

"Right now Brazil has about 100,000 megawatts of installed electricity generation capacity. We think that over the next 50 years we want to build about 60,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity," Lobao said.

Brazil also wants to reduce its reliance on Bolivian natural gas.

(Source: Calgary Herald)

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