Brazil will finish the first reactor for its nuclear submarine in 2014, the navy's nuclear propulsion program chief Andre Ferreira Marques said in an interview Sunday.
The reactor will be powered initially with five-percent enriched uranium and eventually with 20-percent, he said in the interview with the state's Agencia Brasil news agency.
Brasilia will begin building its nuclear sub in 2016 and complete it in 2021, an adaptation of the Scorpene bought from France.
The sub reactor will be used as a model for future Brazilian nuclear power plant reactors, he added.
Brazil is working toward self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel from 2014, officials said.
© 2010 AFP
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