Brazil to authorize four nuclear plants in 2011

Brazil will authorize the construction of four new build nuclear power stations this year, according to energy minister Edison Lobao.

"We will approve the construction of these four (plants) this year," the Xinhua News Agency quoted Lobao as saying. The official did not provide details on the projected expense of constructing the facilities, but he said two of the sites would be built in northeastern Brazil while the other two would be constructed in country's southeast.

Brazil last year resumed work on a third nuclear reactor at its Angra dos Reis atomic energy complex after leaving the project unfinished for a quarter century. It is slated to open that plant by 2015.

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