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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2013 4:45 pm 
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Often they add the transmission yard and line to the power plant, roads, the generator and turbines, infrastructure improvements to allow moving the heavy pieces. But a big piece is the interest. Diablo Canyon took around 15 years to go online. Interest at 10% doubles every 7 years so almost 3/4ths of the cost is interest (exaggerating I know since not all the money is borrowed up front but gets the point across none-the-less). One must cut the time from start of serious spend to generating revenue.


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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Or use state borrowing capability to reduce the operating cost.
Over a 15 year timescale the interest rate on gilts in real terms is negative.


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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2013 8:39 pm 
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That must be the reason the Chinese and Indian reactors cost less at home. The govt owns the money and the reactors and does not pay any interest.
The UK should have done the same and sold the completed power plants to utilities for operation. The Finns may let Russians own the reactors and buy the power, just like Turkey plans to do.


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PostPosted: Dec 24, 2013 9:07 am 
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What "18 reactor units"?

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PostPosted: Dec 24, 2013 9:27 am 
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KitemanSA wrote:
What "18 reactor units"?


The COLs on the NRC website:

http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col.html

There are currently 18 COLs for 28 units actually.


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PostPosted: Dec 25, 2013 6:52 pm 
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Actually only 9, 3 of which are AP1000s. My comments were regarding to high expense for FOAK units.

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PostPosted: Feb 26, 2014 3:48 pm 
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Rosatom is making further inroads in the EU, and will be building new reactors at Paks (Hungary) according to a report that was published last month:

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Mo ... 01144.html

Russia is offering Hungary an irresistible package, which includes financing. It must be tough for Areva, as it is losing ground to the Russians in its own backyard. Perhaps it may be not for long before Russia will start offering fast reactors such as the BN-800, BREST and SVBR in the EU. Perhaps we will see BREST reactors at Sellafield to burn off Britain's plutonium stockpile in the future, if the Russians offer generous funding...


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2014 4:26 am 
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For fast reactors, the GE Hitachi have made the first move.
http://prismsuk.blogspot.in/
Russians are still capitalizing on their strong point-the VVER. They have the major share of reactor exports.


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