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given that the smallest nuclear power initiative it lets you build is 26 reactors, a significant drop in cost is reasonable enough. Selling the surplus for a profit.. eh.. in any future where that the brits build that much nuclear, you are going to have to string some very long cables before you hit a customer that has not done the same thing.
by Thomas on Sat Oct 13th, 2012 at 01:50:16 PM EST
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No, the smallest you can build is 3.9GW, by using the repeat-clicking thing I mention above (level 1.1 on DECC, level 2.1 on my version). This goes up in units of 3.9GW up to 39GW (13 x 3GW plants) at Level 2 on DECC (level 3 on mine).

As to economies of scale, well, that's a matter of faith. The French showed diseconomies of scale, and there are good reasons to believe that a large new British nuclear programme would experience the same. Still, as such a thing isn't going to happen, it doesn't really matter.

As to cables to non-nuclear or nuclear-minority neighbours, Britain already has interconnectors to Ireland and to the Netherlands. Survey work for the putative new one to Norway is happening now. By the time the proposed Belgium interconnector gets built, Belgium will be non-nuclear or minority-nuclear. And should Britain genuinely try to build, say, 10GW of new nukes, then by the time they were commissioned, France may well be a minority-nuclear country too.

by LondonAnalytics (Andrew Smith) on Sun Oct 14th, 2012 at 03:05:05 AM EST
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