The aim is to become self-sufficient and exporter of the metal

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INB's uranium mine in Bahia. It is expected that Brazil will be able to produce 2.4 thousand tons of uranium per year from 2030.

On the first of this month, Brazil inaugurated a new mine in Bahia to resume uranium production after a five-year interruption. A ceremony was held at the Uranium Concentration Unit (URA) in the municipality of Caetité, Bahia. During the event, a detonation was carried out to mark the beginning of the open pit mining at the Engenho mine.

The mining has been resumed following president Jair Bolsonaro’s request. More than an achievement for INB and the country, it is an important factor in generation of jobs and resources for the southwestern region of Bahia. The federal government believes that nuclear energy is key for an energy matrix based on sustainable development and this is the first phase towards the proposal to make Brazil self-sufficient and an exporter of yellowcake. According to the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change and the International Energy Agency, nuclear sources will play a significant role towards the decarbonization of the economy over the next 30 years and to supply an ever expanding energy demand.

In Brazil, uranium is raw material for manufacturing the fuel that supplies nuclear power plants and for nuclear propulsion of submarines. The country currently has two nuclear plants in operation, Angra 1 and Angra 2. The uranium production will allow INB to continue manufacturing fuel and ensure that the plants continue to generate energy. Thirty percent of the energy in Rio de Janeiro is supplied by these two plants. They also support the stability of the system in the Southeast region which is a distribution center to the rest of Brazil.

Based on data from a study from the 1970s that mapped only 30% of the territory, Brazil occupies today the ninth place in uranium reserves in the world. The federal government proposes to resume the study and as a result there should be an even greater uranium reserve capacity.

The Minister also states that we are making progress in the necessary adjustments to update the Nuclear Activity Legal Framework. The Nuclear Regulatory Authority will be created very soon and this structure will provide better conditions both for licensing and inspection as well as for research in the area of biosciences, nuclear medicine, radioactivity of food, environment and others.

The federal government plans to create a regulatory agency to provide better conditions both for licensing and inspections as well as research in the area of bioscience, nuclear medicine, food radioactivity, environment and others.

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