The refusal to continue the construction of two reactors in South Carolina, in the United States, called into question the continuity of nuclear energy. Although positions are deeply at odds around the world, what happened across the Atlantic is an indicator that the nuclear renaissance predicted years ago has been a mirage.
the File on VC’s summer plant nuclear project when work execution was around 40% This happened after the project accumulated delays at the same rate that they were added to the planned investment. During the work, this doubled the initial estimate.
After the decision, which was also influenced by stagnant demand for electricity and a large supply of natural gas at competitive prices, the North American giant is only keeping active the construction of two units in Georgia on its land. This circumstance, to which are added the closures executed and planned of a dozen factories across the country, according to reports The New York Times, reinforces the idea that the situation tends more towards decline than towards a resurgence.
On this side of the Atlantic, what happened in the United States may have an impact on the United Kingdom, where the main ongoing project – the Moorside plant, with three reactors planned in Cumbria, north-west England – is running into delays. Indeed, the continuity of the work may be compromised due to Toshiba’s financial situation.
In Spain, for its part, the government has finally given the green light to the permanent breakdown of the oldest of the seven plants in service in the country, Garoña. Despite this approach and dozens of organizations have mobilized in favor of the nuclear blackout and the promotion of renewable energies, From the executive, it is stressed that Spain is not able to do without nuclear energy. If this were done, they say, it would impact the price of energy, which would increase by around 25%.
In the Spanish environment, the absence of a common position on the future of nuclear energy is evident. So, for example, while Portugal has only one research-oriented reactor; on the other side of the border drawn by the Pyrenees France is the second largest producer in the world behind the United States. With 19 factories across the country, it has not even been possible for the moment to close Fessnheim, the oldest. Although this closure was listed as an electoral pledge by former President François Hollande in 2012, the closure will not take place for at least two years.
In clear contrast, it is positioned Germany, towards a definitive nuclear power blackout in 2022 and towards a true revolution in renewable energies. In places like Switzerland, citizens supported the elimination of nuclear energy in a referendum for clean alternatives, while in countries like Japan, on the Asian continent, the continuity of the nuclear power is in doubt after what happened in Fukushima.