In September 1991 the Army revealed that it was designing a 40 MW natural uranium graphite reactor evidently for plutonium production. This was scaled back to a 2 MW reactor, but even this has not been built.
The Brazilian Newspaper JORNAL DO BRASIL, of June 4, 1997, reported that the Federal Government had decided to reactivate an old Army project for the construction of a 0.5-MWt experimental gas-graphite reactor, capable of producing plutonium for atomic bombs, in an ecological reservation in Rio de Janeiro. The plutonium-producing reactor, also known as 'The Atlantic Project', is being developed by the Special Projects Institute - IPE, of the Army's Technology Center [CETEX or CTEx], in Guaratiba district. These reports were not subsequently confirmed.
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