What’s behind the European nuclear reactor disaster?
New European nuclear reactors, once proclaimed as a new impetus for the renaissance of the European nuclear industry, have proved to be a financial disaster, according to the Germany-based Energy Watch Group (EWG). Read a comprehensive brief from our content partner EWG, documenting the failures of the nuclear industry.
, On the positive side, EWG says wind and solar have been outpacing other sources in the UK and Germany, and Portugal produced over 100 per cent renewable electricity in March.
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March 20, 2018, Berlin – During his state visit to India, France’s President Macron agreed with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week to sell six French EPR reactors for the largest nuclear power plant planned in Jaitapur. Regardless of the fact that India has not yet signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The plutonium from the reactors could be completely used for the construction of nuclear weapons without international control. In terms of energy, too, all EPR construction projects in recent years are highly problematic.
The European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), proclaimed in the 1990s as a new impetus for the renaissance the European nuclear industry, proved to be a financial disaster, fulfilling none of the industry promises, a new brief by the Energy Watch Group shows.
The EPR construction sites in Flamanville (France), Olkiluoto (Finland) and Hinkley Point C (UK) are exemplary of the failed nuclear industry with no single EPR having been completed to date. All existing EPR projects are characterized by years of commissioning delays, grave technical and security problems and exploding construction costs of up to tens of billions Euros.”