Originally Posted by BKsMassive
This is why we couldn't of let more countries become Nuclear states. should of just kept the original 5.
And the nuclear power station is over 40 years old! this is just ridiculous.
Hard to keep the nuclear genie in the bottle once it's been let out.
Also nuclear power plants represent a massive amount of capital investment and resources so they are designed to be used for decades like most power plants. I think the average cost of the Fukushima reactors was 1.5 billion each so they are trying to get a good return on their investment. Modern plants that are currently under development cost between 8.5 and 14 billion.
I think it's also a relatively expensive form of electricity compared to coal, oil and natural gas. The initial electrical cost is about 13 US cents per kWh for the first 5 years and 18 US cents ever year after that. The average cost of a full decommissioning is 300-500 million US dollars.Edited by Lampen - 3/13/11 at 12:23pm