Brazil inaugurates a new base in Antarctica

Brazil inaugurates this week a new base in Antarctica that will allow him to fully resume his scientific research at the south pole, eight years after the fire that devastated sti facilities in 2012.

The brazilian government has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild the Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz, a complex of 4500 m2, located on the island of King George, the largest of the archipelago of South Shetland.

The inauguration was scheduled for Tuesday, but the brazilian Navy has announced that it would be postponed to Wednesday due to inclement weather preventing the landing of aircraft carrying government officials who will participate in the ceremony.

The new station must be inaugurated in great pomp, in the presence of the vice-president of the Hamilton Mourao and the minister of Science and Technology, the ex-astronaut Marcos Pontes.

The facilities were built in the same location as the base which had caught fire in 2012 after a leak of fuel. Two military brazilians were killed in the fire.

This base, established in 1984, was conducting scientific research on meteorology, chemistry, and coastal and marine ecosystems. It had been destroyed at 70 %, but the research has continued in interim facilities.

Le Brésil inaugure une nouvelle base en Antarctique

The reconstruction has been conducted by the company, state-owned chinese Ceiec. The new facilities include 17 laboratories, and accommodation for 64 people.

It has also been built according to strict security standards to prevent the spread of fire, can withstand winds of up to 200 km/hour.

Antarctica, almost completely covered in snow and ice, contains important mineral wealth and the largest reserve of drinking water in the world.

Le Brésil inaugure une nouvelle base en Antarctique

This continent is governed by the Antarctic treaty, signed in 1959 and entered into force in 1961. It prohibits the militarization of the continent, reserving “only peaceful activities,” and guarantees the freedom of scientific research.

Brazil has acceded to this treaty in 1975, and started sti scientific activities in Antarctica in 1982.