Japan considers scrapping fast-breeder reactor as costs mount – Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

The agency estimated in 2012 that it would cost around ¥300 billion to scrap the reactor in a process lasting over 30 years.Safety problems included a major fire caused by a sodium leak in 1995.The total of 250 operational days has come at a cost of more than ¥1 trillion in building and maintenance costs.If Monju restarts operations, the ministry says its fuel must be replaced. In the event of a restart, new guidelines for fast-breeder reactors must also be created and any related construction will have to reflect these guidelines.Making the building’s facilities meet the new guidelines will likely cost nearly ¥100 billion, the sources said, adding there would be further expenses for replacing old equipment.

Source: Japan considers scrapping fast-breeder reactor as costs mount – Fukushima 311 Watchdogs