Brazil to invest $150 mn on safety for n-plants

Rio de Janeiro, March 28 (IANS/EFE) Brazil’s investments to strengthen safety measures at its two nuclear plants after the 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power complex will total 300 million reais (about $150 million) through 2016, authorities reported Wednesday.

The figure includes 26 million reais ($13 million) invested in 2012 and 50 million reais ($25 million) that will be spent this year, according to a communique issued by the state-run Eletrobras Eletronuclear, the company responsible for the operation of the Angra 1 and Angra 2 electricity generation plants.
The extraordinary investments are scheduled within the framework of an action plan prepared by the committee that reviewed security at the two plants after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
The so-called Fukushima Response Plan includes 30 studies and 28 projects that will be undertaken through 2016 to improve protection at the plants against assorted risks, increase the ability to cool the reactors and reduce the possible problems of radioactive contamination in an accident or meltdown.
Brazil operates the two plants with German technology in Angra dos Reis, a municipality on the southern border of Rio de Janeiro state.
Despite the Fukushima accident, the South American country has stuck with its plan to build a third 1.3 GW nuclear plant in Angra dos Reis, with work slated to begin in 2015, as well as to build four new nuclear installations in other states.