Title: Country Experience in Relation to PLEX Costs in View of the Updating of the PINC Document
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC57900
ISBN: 978-92-79-15994-7
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24400 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC57900
DOI: 10.2790/2112
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The report provides an overview of methodology and developments in PLEX/PLIM approaches, followed by a detailed presentation of the current situation of European power plants life time extension and operation status. Permanent safety improvements are belongings to the daily life of European power plant operators and utilities to ensure safe and economic operation of the plants. Lifetime extension and uprating of NPPs are going hand in hand together with safety improvements. Plant power upratings are standing today in the European Union for more than 3400 MW capacity and represent together with lifetime extension a cost effective, carbon-free benefit to the Member States' energy strategy. In an outlook of a further role of nuclear power it is to point out that after decreasing of nuclear power production by 6.5% in the EU27 countries from a total 945 TWh in 2003 to 885 TWh in 2007, due to shut down of plants in the new member states and some long extensive modification and repair periods of several power plants, the power production increased slightly in 2008 and will stay quit stabilized by around 900 TWh until 2018/19 and after that will decrease rapidly. To avoid the rapid decrease of nuclear power production at a time where the missing production cannot be covered by other low carbon generation means plant lifetime extensions has to continue as planned by the utilities and more new plants need to be constructed. For keeping nuclear power at that current level and assuming a construction time of 5 to 6 years, utilities' financial decisions and government' approval need to be made frequently from the year 2011 on forward.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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