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Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 98: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish (a) the total capital investment costs, in present-day prices, of the nuclear facilities at British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. Springfields, Capenhurst, and Sellafield, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority facilities at Atomic Energy Research Establishment Harwell, and the nuclear power development plant at Dounreay and (b) the percentage investment and upkeep cost of each of these establishments paid for by the Central Electricity Generating Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board.

British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL)

Capital expenditure to 31 March 1986 on the facilities operated at Springfields is £260 million; at Capenhurst £610 million; and at Sellafield £1,980 million. These figures are in March 1986 prices. They exclude the Calder Hall reactors, but include expenditure prior to 1971, when BNFL was formed, on facilities which were inherited from the AEA and are still in use. Each of BNFL's sites renders services to a range of costomers and the cost allocations differ from year to year and site to site. However, in the financial year 1984–85 some 54 per cent. of total sales reflected services to the two generating boards.

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (AEA)

Information on the AEA's facilities at Harwell and Dounreay is not readily available in this form. I am asking its chairman to write to the hon. Member.