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By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – During 2011 Brazil’s two nuclear power plants generated 15,644,251 megawatt hours (MWh) setting new national records, said Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of the Brazilian energy giant Eletrobras. The increase was attributed to the steam generator of Angra 1, introduced in 2009, which has gradually improved the output of the plant.

Director of Operations and Marketing at Eletronuclear, Pedro Figueiredo, celebrated the performance of nuclear power plants. "Angra 1 has thirty years of operation and never generated so much. And Angra 2, [in ten years], has not . . .

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