Reports state that France’s partially state-owned electric and gas utility GDF Suez confirmed yesterday that it has signed a nuclear co-operation agreement with Brazilian energy companies Eletrobras and Eletronuclear.
This agreement includes the exchange of information and experience that will help to develop Brazil’s nuclear power industry and was signed during a state visit to Brazil by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Brazil’s state-owned nuclear energy company, Eletronuclear, received environmental approval in March this year to resume construction of the country’s third nuclear power plant, after construction on the Angra 3 plant as been on hold since the 1980s due to environmental concerns.
Eletronuclear stated that Angra 3 has the potential for an installed capacity of about 1,400 megawatts and should now be operating by the end of 2014.
Two further nuclear power plants in Brazil have a total capacity of about 2,000 megawatts, where as France is far more dependent on nuclear power for electricity than any other nation and incorporates a large nuclear manufacturing sector.