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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the unit cost of disposal of advanced gas-cooled spent reactor fuel; and what the cost would be for the disposal of such fuel from a new fleet of nuclear power stations.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

In order to support the Government's development of a Waste Transfer Pricing Methodology for the disposal of higher activity waste from new nuclear power stations, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has provided cost estimates for the disposal of spent fuel, based on the current NDA reference case and also on a range of alternative scenarios which differ from the reference case, for example with regard to geology or inventory. These cost estimates relate to the disposal of a canister of spent fuel and the canister is designed to be capable of disposing of spent fuel from both advanced gas-cooled reactors and pressurised water reactors.

These figures were set out in Annex C of the "Waste Transfer Pricing Methodology for the disposal of higher activity waste from new nuclear power stations" published in December 2011, which is available at

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/Consultations/nuclear-waste-transfer-pricing/3798-waste-transfer-pricing-methodology.pdf

No energy companies or reactor vendors are proposing the construction of advanced gas-cooled reactors as part of any new fleet of new nuclear power stations.

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