Soon EDF will have to start the biggest, most complex and costliest nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management programme on earth, writes Paul Dorfman. But whereas Germany has set aside €38 billion to decommission 17 nuclear reactors, France has set aside only €23 billion to decommission its 58 reactors. When the real costs come in, they could easily bankrupt the company. The UK NDA estimates that clean-up of UK’s 17 nuclear sites will cost between €109 – €250 billion over the next 120 years. To put this in context, according to the European Commission, France estimates it will cost €300 million per gigawatt (GW) of generating capacity to decommission a nuclear reactor. That’s far below Germany’s assumption at €1.4 billion per GW and the UK’s of €2.7 billion per GW.
Ecologist 16th March 2017 read more »