Brazil must gain investments in nuclear energy

According to The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, the federal government is considering a proposal to end the state monopoly on nuclear energy. Thus, private investments could be directed to the sector, which has not received resources in the last 30 years.

In an interview, Albuquerque said that a Proposed Constitutional Amendment (PEC) should be forwarded to Congress in the first half of 2021. The goal is to allow private companies to enter the exploration and mining of uranium for nuclear power generation. "It makes no sense to maintain a monopoly on mining and the maintenance of nuclear minerals," bento Albuquerque said, and also cited that the first partnership in the nuclear area could be the completion of the Angra 3 plant.

It is worth remembering that Brazil has, today, only two nuclear power plants: Angra 1 and Angra 2. However, the plants account for only 3% of the country's energy matrix – which is currently dominated by hydroelectric plants. However, Brazil has great potential in the nuclear energy sector.

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