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Spent fuel pool nuclear power plant_rb1170.jpg
Spent fuel pool (SFP) of Angra II Nuclear Power Plant - About a quarter to a third of the total fuel load of a reactor is removed from the core every 12 to 24 months and replaced with fresh fuel -  spent fuel rods generate intense heat and dangerous radiation that must be contained while fuel is moved from the reactor and manipulated in the pool. The fuel pool water is continuously cooled to remove the heat produced by the spent fuel assemblies. Central Nuclear Almirante Álvaro Alberto complex, Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.