For the former president of Eletronuclear, Leonam Guimarães, Brazil has full conditions to build and operate floating reactors to feed isolated systems in the Amazon. he evaluated. Floating nuclear power plants can also supply electricity to specific industrial units that are large consumers of electricity and industrial heat, such as the aluminum industry. The country already has an infrastructure set up to build the Brazilian Navy’s submarines, creating the bases for the national development of onboard reactors. “The existing building infrastructure could develop floating nuclear power plants once it has met all the needs of the Navy’s Submarine Program. This would be hugely beneficial for Brazil and would give the country an advantage in this type of assembly,” Leonam Guimarães commented.
Brazil already has PROSUB—the Navy’s advanced program for building submarines, including a nuclear submarine. The Navy already has a naval base and a shipyard complex developed for submarines. This infrastructure could build a floating nuclear power plant. There would also be an important role for Nuclep, which would make the modules and equipment for these plants, just as it does for Navy submarines.
Existing building infrastructure could develop floating nuclear power plants once it has met all the needs of the Navy’s Submarine Program. This would be extremely helpful for Brazil and would give the country a competitive advantage in this type of installation. We can assemble a reactor entirely on the shipyard and take it to the place where we will install it. It is possible to take full advantage of the modularity of the SMR using the concept of floating plants. This is an important advantage.