France and Brazil are seeking to revitalize their cooperation in the energy sector, with a particular focus on nuclear energy.
The energy ministers of Brazil, Alexandre Silveira, and France, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, held discussions in Paris to explore opportunities for strategic partnerships and energy transition. They acknowledged the historical connection between their nations in the energy sector, particularly through the presence of French energy companies in Brazil.
The discussions, informs WNN, resulted in the establishment of a structured work agenda covering various areas, with an emphasis on nuclear energy. Both countries expressed their interest in collaborating and strengthening their ties in the nuclear energy field. They also discussed how the Brazilian and French governments can work together bilaterally and multilaterally, particularly in light of Brazil's upcoming presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20).
Brazil and France have expressed their interest in collaborating and strenghtening their ties in the nuclear energy field
Currently, Brazil operates two reactors, Angra 1 and Angra 2, which contribute about 3% of the country's electricity. The Angra 3 project, featuring a Siemens/KWU 1405 MW pressurized water reactor, has faced delays and challenges, with construction suspended at various points. However, efforts are underway to complete the project with the aim of commencing operations by the end of 2026.
The project for Brazil's third nuclear reactor will commence operations by the end of 2026
Brazil has been identifying sites for new nuclear power plants, as it seeks to diversify its energy sources. Historically, the country relied heavily on hydroelectric power, but changing rainfall patterns and droughts have necessitated a shift. The Brazilian National Energy Plan for 2050 outlines the goal of adding 10 GW of nuclear capacity in the next three decades.
France currently operates 56 operational nuclear power plants and has plans for additional ones in the coming years. This renewed collaboration between France and Brazil aims to leverage their expertise in the nuclear energy sector and address their respective energy needs.
The renewed collaboration between France and Brazil aims to leverage their expertise in the nuclear energy sector and address their respective energy needs
Source: World Nuclear News