On June 25, 2007, Brazil’s National Council on Energy Policy (Conselho Nacional de Politica Energetica – CNPE) voted to complete the Angra 3 nuclear power plant by 2013 and consider constructing four additional nuclear plants by 2030 as part of Brazil’s National Energy Plan.  The country’s President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (commonly referred to by the nickname “Lula”) announced his strong support for the project during a July 10 visit to the Brazilian Navy’s Aramar Experimental Center.  The decision became official on August 7, but an environmental license must be approved before work on Angra 3 can be resumed. 
I think that we now have the conditions for completing this project, and Brazil can afford itself the luxury of being one of the few countries in the world to command the technology for enriching uranium and, on the basis of that, I believe that we will be given much more respect as a nation, as the power that we wish to be. 
He went on to note that one signal to the world of Brazil’s technological attainments would be development of a nuclear submarine: “Why not dream big and say that we want to reach the point where a nuclear submarine is a possibility?” When pressed by the reporter as to whether Brazil was seeking a new rapprochement with the United States through its energy policy and strategic military policy (including a nuclear submarine), Lula reiterated Brazil’s growing strength and ambitions:
[President] Bush is drawing closer to Latin America because it is a mistake for anyone not to draw closer to Latin America. Our determination is Brazilian, with the determination of the Brazilian State, of the Brazilian Navy, with Brazil in mind. … So I believe that Brazil has everything it needs definitively to become a sovereign State, be it by the required overhaul of our Armed Forces, by reequipping them, [and] preparing Brazil for mastering the entire uranium cycle …. 
Asked if his recent media comments, apparently on the new nuclear policy, were aimed at anyone in particular and/or specifically at Venezuela’s President Chávez, the president responded, “Nobody is going to keep Brazil from fulfilling the historic role it is meant to fulfill. … We have the conditions for becoming a huge energy power, and we will not back down on this.”  (In a June 2007 interview with BBC’s TV Hard Talk, President Lula had said that he does not believe Chávez represents a threat to Latin America.) 
The CEA [Aramar Center] was on the verge of being deactivated five years ago [in 2002] due to a lack of funds. Money became scarcer during Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s administration. The group of physicists and engineers constituting the “brain” of the unit was disbanded. The number of employees, recently as high as 800, dropped by half…. Construction projects came to a halt – some in [sic] the foundations were protected by plastic sheets and covered with earth. 
The article continued to report on comments by Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, the head of the Brazilian Navy, who hosted Lula during the president’s July 10 visit to Aramar. In comments to the press at that time, the Admiral claimed that the Navy’s submarine program was 10 years behind schedule and, highlighting the significance of the new funding announced by President Lula, he noted that it amounts “to half of all that has been spent since the start of the program in 1979 (2.1 billion reais according to the Navy).” 
France no longer has a conventional submarine, nor do [sic] the United States, Russia, or England either. Only those unable to obtain the nuclear type have conventional submarines. In a country like ours, with continental dimensions, not understanding that is ignorance. Those Navy officials who don’t prioritize nuclear propulsion are officials who want the Navy to remain as a deluxe coast guard: in other words, to have an eternally subservient country. The nuclear-propelled submarine is a gesture of independence, not an affront to anyone. It is a gesture of independence and self-respect. 
In response, Admiral Roberto de Guimarães Carvalho, the head of the Navy in 2006, defended the plan to purchase conventional submarines because of the difficulty in obtaining funds for the Navy’s nuclear program. In an interview with the weekly Hora do Povo, Admiral Carvalho stated that building a conventional submarine is not going backwards: “Quite the opposite, it will allow us to maintain the technological know-how of our engineers and technicians that was so hard to obtain and we cannot afford to lose it.” 
domingo, 16 de setembro de 2007
BRAZIL EMBRACES NUCLEAR ENERGY
BRAZIL EMBRACES NUCLEAR ENERGY
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