#NuclearCommissionSAust better informed than France on #nuclear waste costs?

AREVA EDF crumbling

scrutiny-Royal-Commission CHAINfrom Antinuclear Australia Observer,  14 Jan 16 When the French don’t know the cost of deep geological disposal – even within 10 billion Euro’s of an estimate – how can the SA Nuclear Royal Commission claim to know…

Presumably the higher estimate herein of circa 30 billion Euro’s is more accurate and less dependent (ie less rigged) on claimed future ‘technical optimisations’ that may not ever come to pass and shouldn’t be assumed in cost estimates for proposals for SA to take on International High Level Nuclear Spent Fuel Wastes…

The South Australian Nuclear  Royal Commission  has been full of interest and proposals for Storage of SNF without serious commensurate attention to the cost and implications of Disposal – a multi decade undertaking – and the real risk that in taking SNF waste for Storage the proposed Disposal plans can fail – just as they have and did in USA over last few decades…


EDF already needs to borrow money just to pay its dividend and is set to spend tens of billions of euros on upgrading its ageing reactors, building new nuclear plants in Hinkley Point, Britain and buying the reactor arm of Areva.

“This report is clearly negative for all nuclear operators, and most specifically for EDF and Areva”

EDF shares are down more than 44 percent in the 12 months,


EDF sinks to all-time low as nuclear waste cost estimate soars http://uk.reuters.com/article/edf-nuclear-waste-idUKL8N14W2RO20160112 
PARIS | BY GEERT DE CLERCQ Jan 12 Shares in French utility EDF sank to all-time lows on Tuesday after the country’s Andra nuclear waste agency said that storage costs could be higher than EDF’s estimates.

Mirroring German utilities E.ON and RWE , which saw their shares hit decade lows late last year over worries about nuclear decommissioning costs, EDF fell as much as 7.3 percent before recovering to 4.1 percent lower.

A string of brokerage price target downgrades and French forward power prices falling to new decade lows only added to the gloom.

In a report released late on Monday, Andra said costs for the Cigeo deep geological storage project could be as high as 30 billion euros or as low as 20 billion depending on assumptions about different cost factors in coming years.

“There are different views on the calculation, more or less conservative, depending on estimates for future technological progress and optimisation,” Andra said in a statement. n a letter to the energy ministry, posted on the ministry’s website, EDF, fellow state-controlled company Areva and the CEA (Atomic Energy Authority) said they estimated the cost at around 20 billion euros.

“Andra’s study only took into account a small number of possible optimisations,” said the letter, adding that a certain number of costs and ratios used by the state agency were not in line with their experience.

“We are waiting for a decision of the energy minister on the cost of storage,” an EDF spokesman said.

Energy Minister Segolene Royal’s decision on the 10 billion euro gap in estimates could have a huge impact on the already stretched balance sheet of EDF, which operates 58 nuclear plants in France and generates the bulk of the country’s nuclear waste.

EDF already needs to borrow money just to pay its dividend and is set to spend tens of billions of euros on upgrading its ageing reactors, building new nuclear plants in Hinkley Point, Britain and buying the reactor arm of Areva.

“This report is clearly negative for all nuclear operators, and most specifically for EDF and Areva,” Bryan, Garnier analyst Xavier Caroen said in a note, adding that the risk of a cost revaluation was not new.

EDF shares are down more than 44 percent in the 12 months, the second-worst performer in the Stoxx utilities index after RWE. The company has been replaced in France’s CAC-40 index of leading shares by shopping centre operator Klepierre . (Additional reporting by Benjamin Mallet; Editing by Keith Weir)

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One Response to “#NuclearCommissionSAust better informed than France on #nuclear waste costs?”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Cost: Nuke Pro: What is the Real kWH Cost of “New Generation Nuclear”? It’s 15 Cents per kWH, The Most Expensive Electricity Source We Can Build

    http://ppr.li/r?

    and

    Why not cal a Nuclear power plant exactly what it is?  An almost 100 year income stream for its owners (Utilities and their shareholders) that keep ratepayers in “Energy Slavery” instead of allowing everyone to install as much Solar/wind as they want, choosing to gain “Energy Freedom” (once their initial investment is repaid).  This will allow them to eliminate as much of their monthly electric bill and maybe even their monthly gasoline/fuel bill, by using an eVehicle that they can also recharge and make part of their personal Energy system).

    In Germany, most generation is by private generation and everybody makes money on what they generate; you can be sure that Big Utilities don’t favor that happening in the USA…

    BTW: There is a reason that US Big Nuclear is spending over a billion US dollars on PR this year.  It is to get as many new Nuclear power plants built as possible, since once they are built, their ratepayers are stuck paying for them, at least until they revolt (pun intended) by installing their own solar generation!  I expect to see the Energy generated by these NPP become too expensive to use, as business relocates to parts of the US that will allow them access to low cost Renewable Energy and they will take their jobs with them!

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/12/congress-wants-to-ramp-up-nuclear-reactor-resarch/

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