Japan nuclear plant safety costs increase 5-fold over 6 years to 5.4 trillion yen

The estimated cost of safety measures at nuclear power plants across Japan has increased fivefold over the past six years to just over 5.38 trillion yen, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown. Eleven power producers spent the funds to implement stiffened safety standards at 15 nuclear power plants, including those currently under construction, according to …

France’s EDF expects six new nuclear reactors to cost 46 billion euros

French power utility EDF estimates it would cost at least 46 billion euros ($51 billion) to build six of its latest generation EPR nuclear reactors if the government decides to build them, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Saturday. The estimate was in a confidential document presented to the board of state-controlled EDF at the …

‘We expect the … [uranium] price in the fourth quarter will exceed $47/lb’

Canada-based uranium producer Cameco (TSX: CCO) has tipped higher revenue and a slightly higher realised price for its key commodity as it swung to a loss in its September quarter results. Its net loss was C$13 million (US$9.9 million) or 3c per share, compared with earnings of $28 million (US$21.3 million) and 7c respectively a …

EDF Says Nuclear Reactors May Have Flawed Parts

Electricite de France SA, which dominates the nation’s power production, said some of its reactors may contain substandard components. The utility’s shares tumbled. EDF didn’t say if any of the country’s 58 reactors will have to be halted, but electricity prices surged in anticipation of shutdowns. The announcement is another blow to the nuclear industry …

Industry must address costs, says Vattenfall CEO

Nuclear must be part of a fossil-free future, but the industry first needs to address the cost of constructing new reactors, Magnus Hall, CEO of Swedish utility Vattenfall AB, told delegates attending World Nuclear Association Symposium 2019 in London. Hall – who is also chairman of Eurelectric, the association of European electricity generators – said …

Kepco’s losses pile up amid debate over anti-nuclear power policy

To blame or not to blame the performance of South Korea’s power generator on the anti-nuclear power policy? This question has emerged yet again following news of Korea Electric Power Corp.’s quarterly loss last week. State-owned Kepco said its operating loss reached 298.6 billion won ($248 million) in the second quarter, following its worst-ever first-quarter …

Challenging the nuclear finance status quo

Financial challenges facing nuclear energy need to be tackled by disrupting the status quo to help drive down costs, delegates heard at the recent World Nuclear Association 2018 Symposium in London. Excluding nuclear energy drives up the cost of electricity in future low-carbon scenario projections, Idaho National Laboratory’s David Petti, executive director of the recently released MIT …