Colossal initial investments and a decade of work, before seeing the slightest kilowatt hour leaving the plant.
The financing of nuclear reactors is a headache for large companies that risk it.
Nuclear: showdown in sight between Paris and Berlin
To develop its new generation EPRs, EDF is trying to imagine new financial models in order to reduce the bill for the controllable and carbon-free energy necessary to fight against global warming.
"The real savings are in the cost of capital"
, summarizes Nicolas Goldberg, consultant at Colombus Consulting.
The French Nuclear Energy Company (Sfen) even figures these:
"Significant gains are possible (…) up to 50% on financial costs, in particular through the design of contracts."
The counter-example that EDF no longer wants to reproduce - it no longer has the means to do so - is Hinkley Point.
The two EPRs, under construction on the Somerset coast in England, weigh heavily on EDF's accounts.
In 2020, the
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