Eletrobras suspends nuclear construction contract amid corruption probe

Eletrobras suspends nuclear construction contract amid corruption probe

Eletrobras said it would suspend a contract with a consortium that is building the 1,405-MW third reactor at its Angra nuclear power plant while the company faces a corruption investigation.
The stated-owned utility announced it would suspend the contract for 60 days. Construction firms Andrade Gutierrez and Techint Engenharia asked Eletrobras for permission to pull out of the Angramon consortium that is building Angra 3 near Rio de Janeiro, according to Reuters. Two other companies, Odebrecht SA and Queiroz Galvão Engenharia, informed Eletrobras of their wish to pull out of the consortium earlier this morning. Angramon was responsible for the electromechanical construction at the delayed project, the article said.
Former Eletrobras CEO Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva was charged with corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors claim he pocketed 4.5 million reals ($1.35 million) in bribes from engineering firms working on Angra 3. He has been on leave since April. Other officials and lawmakers have been arrested or charged in the investigation.
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