Brazil buys natural and enriched uranium from Russia


Inspenet, September 9, 2023.

On December 6, 2022, the Russian state-owned company Rosatom entered into a contract with the Brazilian state-owned company Industrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB) to supply enriched uranium to the Angra nuclear power plant, located in the Brazilian city of Angra dos Reis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, during the period from 2023 to 2027.

Later, on May 4, both companies reached a new agreement, this time for the delivery of natural uranium.

Historic uranium import

During the summer of this year, Brazil imported 27.1 tons of uranium-235-enriched fuel from Russia, worth $18.9 million , marking the first such import since 1999. Simultaneously, the Latin American country imported 26.9 tons of natural uranium for a total of 52.7 million dollars , this being the first import of the aforementioned element since at least 1998.

Likewise, Brazil has been acquiring other radioactive materials from Russia. In the first seven months of this year, the country purchased just one kilogram of these materials for $3 million , compared to the previous year when it purchased 108 kilograms for a similar approximate cost .

During 2022, Brazil made purchases of natural uranium from countries such as the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Canada, in addition to the enriched uranium acquired from the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the United States.

This year, apart from Russia, the United States has been the only supplier of this element to Brazil, although it is depleted uranium and its cost amounted to $2,200 .

Rosatom has been present in the Latin American market for a long period of time. Russia and Brazil established their first nuclear agreement in 1993 and have cultivated significant bilateral collaboration for more than three decades.

It should be noted that for several years, Rosatom has maintained its position as one of the main suppliers of isotopic products to meet the needs of nuclear medicine in Brazil. Furthermore, there has been active growth in cooperation related to the nuclear fuel cycle in recent years.

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