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Eletronuclear wins appeal to restart work on the Angra-3 nuclear reactor (Brazil)

The Brazilian nuclear utility Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of the national electricity group Eletrobras, has won its appeal before the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice to remove an embargo on work to complete the 1,350 MW third unit of the Angra nuclear power plant, located in Angra dos Reis, Brazil.

Construction of Angra-3, which features a Siemens/KWU pressurised water reactor, began in 1984 but was suspended after two years. The project resumed in 2006 and first concrete was poured in 2010. But work stopped again in 2015 following allegations of corruption involving government contracts. In 2022, Eletronuclear ordered construction to restart; however, in April 2023 the city government of Angra dos Reis ordered work to stop again.

Brazil’s sole nuclear power plant features two other reactors (Angra 1 and 2), which total a capacity of about 2 GW. As of end-2023, nuclear represented less than 1% of Brazil’s installed capacity and 2% of its power generation with 14.5 TWh.

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