Eletronuclear and EDF sign extended MoU on new nuclear

06 June 2022

Brazil’s Eletronuclear and France’s EDF signed a fresh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) valid for five years promoting mutual cooperation in the development of nuclear energy projects.

After the signing, there was a visit to Angra 3 (Image: Eletronuclear) It is a renewal of a previous cooperation agreement from 2018, but with expanded scope and includes small modular reactors, hydrogen generation and more research and development.

The MoU, which was signed at Eletronuclear's visitor centre in Angra dos Reis, can be extended for a further five years.

In a statement, Eletronuclear said: "The partnership will be carried out in areas such as operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, management of aging materials, information security and public acceptance of nuclear energy. 

"The work will be carried out through the exchange of data or technical and economic experiences, visits, working groups, workshops, seminars and training sessions of common interest between the parties."

Brazil has been considering nuclear expansion with a siting study for possible new plants. The country has historically relied on hydro for as much as 80% of its electricity, but changes in rainfall patterns produced droughts that reduced this to 65% by 2018. The country only has one nuclear power plant, Angra, which produces about 3% of Brazilian power from two reactors that have operated since 1982 and 2000. Construction of a third reactor at Angra is expected to get under way again after a restructuring of the stalled project.

At the COP26 meeting in Glasgow last year, Brazil's Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Costa Lima, said nuclear energy "was, is and will be essential and fundamental for the energy transition," adding that "we will add 10 GW in the next 30 years." This is specified in Brazil's National Energy Plan to 2050.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News