French power company EDF on Wednesday defended its cost estimate of 22.2 billion euros ($24 billion) for dismantling nuclear power stations, rejecting a parliamentary committee report which said the costs may be higher. The parliamentary report, commissioned by a body looking into renewable energy, said that dismantling the sites could take longer than EDF had envisaged. “The optimistic scenarios upon which EDF has based its provisions, as well as a certain number of major costs which have been omitted, lead to questions over the validity of EDF’s estimates, while at the same time, certain other costs appear to have been underestimated,” the report said. State-controlled EDF rejected those findings, and pointed out that the French Environment, Energy and Sea Ministry had backed EDF’s estimates earlier this month.
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[Machine Translation] We built the nuclear reactors without asking ourselves the question of their end. Barbara Romagnan, MP (PS) of the Doubs presents this February 1 a report on the technical and financial feasibility of decommissioning nuclear power plants. That alerts on the under-investment of France in the management of the end-of-life of its facilities. The report calls on EDF to be more comprehensive in its cost estimates.
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