Brazil to Launch Nuclear Submarine Reactor in 2014

24 May 2010 (Last Updated May 24th, 2010 18:30)

The Brazilian Navy will launch the first reactor for its nuclear submarine in 2014, according to the navy's nuclear propulsion programme chief Andre Ferreira Marques. Marques said that the reactor would initially be powered with 5% enriched uranium, and gradually increased to 20%, accordi

The Brazilian Navy will launch the first reactor for its nuclear submarine in 2014, according to the navy's nuclear propulsion programme chief Andre Ferreira Marques.

Marques said that the reactor would initially be powered with 5% enriched uranium, and gradually increased to 20%, according to the news agency Agencia Brasil.

The submarine reactor will be used as a model for future Brazilian nuclear power plant reactors, he said.

Brazil will begin construction of its nuclear submarine, which is based on the French Scorpene Class, in 2013 and is expected to finish in 2021.