23:14 15.10.2019URL short
Deepwater oil extraction in Brazil may be behind talks unveiled by Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom about a low-power floating nuclear plant project, said an expert heard by Sputnik Brazil.
For the president of the Brazilian Association for the Development of Nuclear Activities (ABDAN), Celso Cunha, the information revealed by Rosatom Overseas head (part of Rosatom), Yevgeny Pakermanov, that there are negotiations between the two countries, can bring important fruits. to the Brazilian side.
"I think the focus of the discussion is on the oil issue … I think we would be talking a lot more about ultra deep areas where you would have very deep wells. Do you imagine going down with a whole pipe, with a whole structure for more?" of 2,300 meters and you have to have power generation on the surface, exactly to feed this whole process, "said Cunha.
Earlier, Pakermanov stated that there are intensive discussions with Brazil about floating nuclear power plant technologies. "For the Brazilian side, these technologies are especially interesting when it comes to energy supply for large offshore fossil fuel extraction projects," added the Russian executive.
The president of ABDAN stressed that the output may be good, but more studies are needed to corroborate the application of a floating nuclear power plant in Brazilian lands. He mentioned that very little is known about the content of the negotiations between Brasilia and Moscow on the subject.
"They (Russians) don't talk about it, they don't talk about building here. Their first floating plant just crossed the Arctic, positioned itself. In fact, I think Rosatom is offering the technology to Brazil. (…) The idea, From what I understand, it is exactly this: they would use (the plant) in Brazilian territory and this would generate benefits for our market. It is a process that needs to be built yet, I think it is still an offer, "he said.
Works of Angra 3 nuclear power plant
The expert heard by Sputnik Brazil also praised what he called Russia's "execution capacity" in the nuclear field, and that Brazil "must always be willing to evaluate and listen to the most differentiated ways of achieving the same goal" when it comes to the issue. involve the riches of the Blue Amazon, as the wide Brazilian coast is known.
Cooperation in Angra 3
The head of Rosatom Overseas also stated that the Russians are interested in participating in the completion works of the Angra 3 nuclear power plant, which has been going on for over 30 years. Asked about Moscow's interest in the project, Cunha stressed that Brazil must indeed seek solid partners to complete the work soon.
"Rosatom is a large company, backed by the Russian government and has an enviable structure that has never stopped building nuclear power plants. So, having solid partners like those I mentioned is important for the country. At the time of execution, Brazil He has knowledge, he knows how to do it, and at this moment Brazil needs resources to finish this plant and build others that are important for not only the nuclear sector, but also the Brazilian electric sector, "he said.
However, the president of ABDAN mentioned, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, through the Ministry of Mines and Energy, still needs to take a position on how the economic model for Angra 3's conclusion will take place. He still risked a guess about the resumption of works by Eletronuclear.
"The market is now waiting for the Brazilian government to comment on what will be the economic model used for the competition that will be held, to have a partner of Eletronuclear, to finish this work. We have heard the government say that it is working for six months they have (the proposal), and next year start the works, "he concluded.
The treaty of cooperation between Brazil and Russia in the area of nuclear energy was signed in 1994. In 2017, Rosatom Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Brazilian companies Eletrobras and Eletronuclear on promoting collaboration.
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