With its simple structure and concentrated uranium fuel, the LWR is the least expensive nuclear power project to build. And it can provide safe, reliable and emission-free power to more than 15 million households in developing countries, such as China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, etc.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) opened an EPR-powered commercial”nuclear-generator plant at Point Lepreau, on the New Brunswick coast, on 11 August 2012. Construction began in April 2009 with an expected cost of CA$4.3 billion. Annual generation is about 150 GWe after the 6.9 GW industrial load, its cooling system, piping, valves, storage, planning and management systems, and other facilities are included.
If there's a nuclear energy plant nearby, it is like having a park with a swimming pool. But you can't go swimming all the time. You have to go to the park through the swimming pool, enter through the back gate, and at last you have to leave through the front gate. You don't need to enter the garden. But, if there's no nuclear power plant nearby, you have to enter the house through the front door or the back door, go to the kitchen or the living room to use the washing machine or the refrigerator, and finally you have to leave through the front door or the back door.
The walls in the “spire” are made of 10,000 tons of concrete. It is not a one-time construction project, but rather an ongoing structure with annual reinforcement, maintenance, and replacement of concrete. d2c66b5586