Brazil has a long history of engagement with nuclear energy and today this technology is responsible for roughly 2.5% of all electricity produced in the country. Additionally, it is also used for medical, agriculture and research purposes.
Over the last decade, the country launched different initiatives to expand national capacity in the nuclear field, resuming the construction of nuclear power reactor Angra 3, taking up the project of a nuclear-propelled submarine and contracting a multipurpose nuclear reactor. All these projects demand research and development efforts, as well as long-term financial investments.
In this context, the Center for International Relations at FGV presents a Fact Sheet on nuclear expenditure in Brazil (2004-2014). Based on official data available online, this paper provides an overview of the nuclear budget and demonstrates how it has changed in the past years
In addition to the resources allocated to the main organizations of the nuclear sector (AMAZUL, CNEN, INB, NUCLEP), the Fact Sheet offers figures and information about Brazil’s contribution to nuclear cooperation organizations and the financial commitment to the Navy’s nuclear program.
Among the patterns identified in this work, it is possible to see an increase of overall nuclear expenditure over the years, especially in 2008 and 2009, when the Lula administration decided to revitalize the nuclear program.
The full text of the Fact Sheet is available here (in English).