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Busting The Times’ spin on “Great British Nuclear” and “a new atomic age for the UK”

Letter Paul Dorfman: You report that “Great British Nuclear plots a new atomic age for the UK” (Business, last week).

I think not. New nuclear plants are hugely expensive: in recent years they have cost an average of
20 per cent more than the estimate in Europe, and a staggering 100 per cent internationally. They’re also delivered late: construction overruns have averaged 0 per cent in Europe and 90 per cent internationally.

We also shouldn’t forget the horrible mess across the Channel. More than half EDF France’s reactors are offline, many with maintenance and corrosion safety problems due to their age.

Meanwhile last year renewables made up 81 per cent of all new power to the world grid, with nuclear nowhere. That is because utility-scale renewables can be built on time, on budget and for less than a quarter of the cost of nuclear.

 Times 25th Sept 2022


September 25, 2022 Posted by | media, spinbuster, UK | Leave a comment