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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 02:29 PM

Puzzling path to new UK nuclear power stations

Puzzling path to new UK nuclear power stations
The UK plans to build several new nuclear reactors - of three different types, oddly, including a Franco-German design that has gone radically over-budget elsewhere. That's a recipe for high costs, critics say.

The world's first two EPRs to be built in Finland (pictured) and France have been under construction for a decade, yet remain unfinished

Over the past several years, a number of companies have put forth applications to build new nuclear reactors in the UK. But none have started construction, and now, there's some doubt whether any of them will go forward.

At the end of July, the new UK government led by Theresa May announced a delay in the approval of Hinkley Point C, the new-build nuclear power reactor project currently closest to going ahead, pending a review.

Mycle Schneider, an anti-nuclear analyst who is convening lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports, said he doubts any new UK reactors will actually get built. And if any are built, he doubts they'll ever be put into service: "There have been at least 92 nuclear reactors construction projects around the world that were abandoned at various stages of completion."

Financial rather than environmental concerns are putting the UK's new-build nuclear program in doubt...

Seems pretty obvious to me: Military Industrial Grade P-O-R-K

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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 03:01 PM

1. Decom costs now included.


They used to soak the taxpayers for decommissioning, which is vastly more expensive than building a new plant. Now they build the decom costs into the rate structure and the plants are money losers.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 03:10 PM

2. It's more than that - they have a negative learning curve.

The more they build, the more weaknesses they find that need to be addressed. Consequently, there is steady price escalation. And one way or another, the public is always on the hook for all aspects of design, construction, operation, decommissioning, waste storage/treatment and accident clean-up.

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