Letter: Risks and rewards of nuclear power

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your leading article on BNFL's oxide reprocessing plant gave the capital cost as pounds 2.8bn spread over a 15-year construction period and mentioned profits of pounds 500m over 10 years. A profit of pounds 50m a year does not sound much for an investment of pounds 2.8bn, especially as it is delayed for such a long time.

It would be interesting to know the rate of return used to calculate this profit so that it can be compared with the 8 per cent return now required of renewable energy plants - a figure that seems rather high for what is effectively an index-linked investment.

Yours sincerely,

STEPHEN SALTER

Edinburgh

29 June

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