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Construction costs of nuclear power stations

Abstract

It is assumed that the demand for electrical energy will continue to rise and that nuclear power will increasingly supply the base-load of electricity generation in the industrialized world. The author identifies areas where techniques and practices to control costs can be improved. Nuclear power offers an alternative to liquid and gaseous fossil fuels and contributes to a relative stability in the price of electric energy. Nuclear power plants can now generate power more cheaply than other thermal power plants down into the upper middle load sector, as indicated in calculations based on a construction time of six years for nuclear plants and four years for others. Special legal provisions, different conditions of financing and taxation, varying methods of power generation cost accounting, and the nonuniform layout of the plant in the various countries make it difficult to compare power generation costs. The author uses mostly experiences gained in the Federal Republic of Germany for some calculations for comparison; he cites lack of standardization and over-long licensing times as major factors in the recent rapid escalation of nuclear power costs and suggests that adoption of standard reactor designs, encouragement of a vigorous and competitive European nuclear industry, and streamlining of  More>>
Authors:
Publication Date:
Mar 01, 1976
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EPA-; EDB-76-047983
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Energy Policy; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 4:1
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; CONSTRUCTION; COST; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DESIGN; ECONOMICS; ELECTRICITY; FINANCIAL DATA; LICENSING; STANDARDS; DATA; EUROPE; INFORMATION; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; 290600* - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 210801 - Nuclear Power Plants- Economics- Construction & Operation- (-1987)
OSTI ID:
7283749
Research Organizations:
Rheinisch-Westfalisches Elektrizitatserk, Essen
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: ENPYA
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 12-24
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Citation Formats

Mandel, H. Construction costs of nuclear power stations. United Kingdom: N. p., 1976. Web. doi:10.1016/0301-4215(76)90053-7.
Mandel, H. Construction costs of nuclear power stations. United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/0301-4215(76)90053-7.
Mandel, H. 1976. "Construction costs of nuclear power stations." United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/0301-4215(76)90053-7. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1016/0301-4215(76)90053-7.
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title = {Construction costs of nuclear power stations}
author = {Mandel, H}
abstractNote = {It is assumed that the demand for electrical energy will continue to rise and that nuclear power will increasingly supply the base-load of electricity generation in the industrialized world. The author identifies areas where techniques and practices to control costs can be improved. Nuclear power offers an alternative to liquid and gaseous fossil fuels and contributes to a relative stability in the price of electric energy. Nuclear power plants can now generate power more cheaply than other thermal power plants down into the upper middle load sector, as indicated in calculations based on a construction time of six years for nuclear plants and four years for others. Special legal provisions, different conditions of financing and taxation, varying methods of power generation cost accounting, and the nonuniform layout of the plant in the various countries make it difficult to compare power generation costs. The author uses mostly experiences gained in the Federal Republic of Germany for some calculations for comparison; he cites lack of standardization and over-long licensing times as major factors in the recent rapid escalation of nuclear power costs and suggests that adoption of standard reactor designs, encouragement of a vigorous and competitive European nuclear industry, and streamlining of licensing procedures to improve the situation. (MCW)}
doi = {10.1016/0301-4215(76)90053-7}
journal = {Energy Policy; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {4:1}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1976}
month = {Mar}
}