'Amazônia Azul Tecnologias de Defesa' (AMAZUL) is the new public company created by President Dilma Rousseff through the sanctioning of Law No. 12,706. The company has a mandate to develop technologies for the Brazilian Nuclear Program and for the Navy’s nuclear area. It will also be responsible for developing projects and technologies for construction of Brazil's first nuclear-powered submarine.
AMAZUL will also be responsible for stimulating the deployment of new industries in the nuclear sector and providing them with technical assistance. The company is part of the Ministry of Defense, under Naval Command, and will be based in São Paulo.
AMAZUL staff will initially be drawn from the current employees of 'Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais' (EMGEPRON), which undertakes activities within the Navy Nuclear Program.
11 August 2012