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NEI and ABDAN Sign Memorandum as Brazil Seeks to Expand Commercial Nuclear Program

Today in Rio de Janeiro, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Brazilian Association for the Development of Nuclear Activities (ABDAN) signed a memorandum of understanding during bilateral talks between the U.S. and Brazil.

NEI and ABDAN are the premier associations representing the commercial nuclear industries in the two countries. The agreement focuses on areas of cooperation including the deployment of new nuclear technologies in Brazil and promoting the inclusion of nuclear technologies in bilateral U.S.-Brazil dialogues and forums.

Fast Facts:

  • There are currently two large light-water nuclear reactors operating in Brazil, Angra 1 and 2.
  • Brazil is considering expanding its commercial nuclear fleet with both large light water reactors and small modular reactors.
  • The signing took place during bilateral talks between U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque. Both Brouillette and Albuquerque were present.
  • NEI President and CEO Maria Korsnick is leading a delegation of U.S. companies representing a range of nuclear suppliers and service providers for talks with the Brazilian nuclear industry and government officials.

What Maria Korsnick, President and Chief Executive Officer of NEI, has to say:
“International cooperation is critical to the success and future of the nuclear industry. This memo will strengthen ties with an important partner in South America and will assist in promoting nuclear as a clean energy solution on an international level.”

The Big Picture: Countries around the world are looking to nuclear to help establish energy independence and meet carbon-reduction goals.

What to Look for Next: The U.S. trade mission to Brazil is the first of three that will take place in the first quarter of 2020. NEI is organizing trade missions to India (February), Poland and the Czech Republic (both in March).

Source: NEI