Rosatom intends to develop the most cost-effective nuclear power plant (NPP) in the world by 2027, according to the corporation’s roadmap of innovative development until 2030.
Russian state company Rosatom is actively working to improve the competitiveness of its nuclear projects proposed for construction abroad in order to fix its leadership on the global market.
As noted in the roadmap, one of Rosatom’s long-term objectives is to “ensure the creation of a nuclear power plant that will exceed projects of the foreign competitors by economic parameters”.
The term energy efficiency refers to the value of the kilowatt-hour of electricity produced.
“Nuclear experts are always proud of the fact that the cost of nuclear power generation is lower than in any other type of generation”, Head of the Russia’s National Energy Security Fund Konstantin Simonov noted. “However, the main problem and the hidden cost of nuclear power generation are enclosed in the forthcoming disposal of NPP”.
The truth is that no one in the world knows how much it would cost to decommission the NPP, because none of the existing ones have been worn out yet. Nuclear energy is still in its early stages.
In Russia, the first such experience is likely to be accumulated at the Leningrad NPP, which is the oldest in the country – it has been in operation since 1973. Perhaps its dismantling will serve as the basis for calculating the efficiency of the new “energy-saving” station which Rosatom is aiming to develop. (Kazinform/Business World Magazine)