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AREVA’s Olkiluoto nuclear reactor a total financial disater

“It’s a total disaster for Areva,” Schneider says. Areva will have to sell another 12 reactors to cover the cost overruns thus far or else French taxpayers will,”

Nuclear Energy Steals Billions from Other Technologies « Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist, w2w0 July 2010, “…..The other reason is the French.France gets about 77 percent of its power from 58 reactors and is often cited as the model for other countries. “France is a special case. The entire industry is 85 percent owned by the government,” says Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based energy and nuclear policy analyst.

The industry gets direct and indirect subsidies, government loans and loan guarantees “on practically anything they want”, Schneider told IPS.

And despite a well-polished reputation for efficiency and low-cost, the French nuclear industry has been plagued by cost-overruns, equipment failures, and relatively low levels of reliability. Even though French reactors are all of similar design, the cost to build a plant in 1998 was 3.5 times higher than the first plants built in 1974, says Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the University of Greenwich in the U.K.

Unlike wind or solar energy or virtually any other technology, the costs of nuclear go up over time rather than down even in pro-nuclear France, he said. “I think that is rather telling about the technology,” Thomas told IPS.

The current Finnish nuclear experience echoes the industry’s long history.

Backed by French government loan guarantees, Areva, the French government-owned nuclear energy company began construction in 2005 on what is supposed to be the world’s largest and safest nuclear plant at Olkiluoto, Finland.

Plagued by thousands of construction and design problems it is currently 2 to 3 billion dollars over budget and three to four years behind schedule.

“It’s a total disaster for Areva,” Schneider says. Areva will have to sell another 12 reactors to cover the cost overruns thus far or else French taxpayers will, he said.

Nuclear Energy Steals Billions from Other Technologies « Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist

July 20, 2010 - Posted by | business and costs, France | , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. must read

    Comment by ajit | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. pleasesupport the struggle of indians at jaitapur against areva built 6 reactors at one place by letting loose state repression:by active suport all over the world, write to indian prime minister,chief minister,sonia gandhi.by raising the issue in frace, by visit of a delegation of scientists to india,writing articles in indian media. please search jaitapur nuclear power project on google for update

    Comment by ajit | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] centrale di terza generazione, molto simile a quelle che vorrebbero costruire in Italia) si sta trasformando in un fallimento: ritardi nella costruzione, e raddoppio dei costi: doveva costare meno di tre miliardi di dollari, […]

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