Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Nuclear Country Notes
At the end of 2005, Brazil had two NPPs in operation: Angra-1, a 626 MWe net PWR, and Angra-2 (1 275 MWe net). In an electricity market dominated by hydropower, nuclear's share of generation in 2005 was only 2.5%.
A project for completing the construction of a third unit at Angra, of similar size to Angra-2, is under discussion in the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), which is responsible for the definition of energy policies. Many aspects are being analysed, including the project's environmental and economic viability. Work on the site had been started in 1983, but was suspended after about three years.
According to the Ten-Year Plan for the Expansion of Electrical Energy 2006-2015, published by MME, Angra-3 is now scheduled to come on stream in December 2012.