A new nuclear power plant in the UK may become the most expensive thing in the world. What other projects can reach you?
A controversial project has raised alarms for environmentalists and neighbors in south-west Britain. It is a nuclear plant, but not just any, but the most expensive in history; and according to Greenpeace, if it ends it will become the most expensive object in history.
The Hinkley Point area will host the project, called Hinkley Point C as it is already the third power plant in the area; However, despite the British government approving the construction five years ago, during this time there have been countless protests, and have been discovered irregularities in its approval that have made it a political problem.
A nuclear power plant can become the most expensive thing in the world
Right now not even the company behind the project, EDF (mostly owned by the French government), is clear whether to go ahead, but certainly not because it is not trying. In addition to the environmental impact of its two nuclear reactors, one of the greatest criticisms is of a monetary scope: the project will cost a lot, something that even their own defenders admit.
According to EDF, building the nuclear plant will cost 18,000 million pounds, some 22,900 million euros, but that figure does not take into account the interest charged by banks that contribute part of that amount.
According to Greenpeace, actually the project will end up costing £ 24 billion, about € 30.6 billion, and will become the most expensive object in the world.
Of course, it is a figure that makes us dizzy, but is it true that it would be the most expensive construction so far? To know that, we have to travel all over the world, although I already tell you that all the objects on the list are buildings, something that makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, 1,135 million euros
Of the seven wonders of the world, not only is it the oldest, but it is the only one that lasts; a whole legacy from another era that is simply priceless. But what if we tried to build such a pyramid today?
According to the company Turner Construction, if it received a contract to build a Great Pyramid of Giza, it would establish a budget of between 960 million and 1,135 million euros. Slave free, of course.
Burj Khalifaen Dubai, € 1,309 million
How could it be otherwise, our first stop to find examples of wasteful spending today is in the East. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, at 829.8 meters high, and that is not cheap.
It is estimated to have cost approximately $ 1.5 billion, although like most projects on this list, the actual cost is unknown, to say nothing of the human cost: Officially only one person died during construction, but it is suspected that they may be more. by harsh conditions suffered by workers and absolute control over the press from the government.
One World Trade Center, 3,300 million euros
The fourth tallest building in the world is the most special for millions of Americans, having been built on the site of the so-called Twin Towers, destroyed by a terrorist attack in 2001.
The so-called Freedom Tower was a huge investment, but at the same time it helped the country move forward and revitalize the New York economy.
Large Hadron Collider (LHC), € 5 billion
In this case, we are not facing a building designed as a tourist and financial attraction, but rather the LHC, the largest scientific project, literally and figuratively, with a 27 km length crossing the Franco-Swiss border.
Although the initial budget for the construction of the LHC was 2,030 million euros, the annual budget to make it work is 765 million euros, and that is why it is at the top of our list.
Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco, € 5.6 billion
This may not be the most famous bridge in San Francisco (that honor has the characteristic Golden Gate), but I do know that it is the most money it has swallowed. And all because of earthquakes; When in 1989 an earthquake knocked down the eastern part, it was clear that there was a need for engineering work to match.
6.5 billion dollars and several decades later, the new eastern part of the bridge was opened, prepared against earthquakes and that ended up making it the widest bridge in the world.
Tokamak star reactor in France, € 12.225 million
France will also have its own Tokamak, also known as a star reactor. It is a type of reactor that uses magnetic fields to convert isotopes of hydrogen into plasma of helium, achieving a nuclear fusion.
The largest stellar reactor for now is in Germany and cost 370 million euros, but it will be nothing compared to the ITER project that will be completed in 2019.
Abraj Al Bait Tower in Mecca, € 13 billion
This controversial tower complex houses the fourth tallest tower in the world; its location is perhaps the best in the world, just a few meters from Masjid al-Haram, the first holy place in Islam and the mosque to which all Muslims pray.
Previously near the mosque was an eighteenth-century Ottoman citadel, but despite its historical value, its demolition was decided to build the tower complex. In that sense, perhaps this construction is priceless.
Masjid al-arm in Mecca, € 100 billion
Due to its exceptional location, Abraj Al Bait is the second busiest place in the world. And the first? Well, Masjid al-Haram, the mosque just a few meters away. First of all, it must be said that the cost is an approximation, since it is a place with centuries and centuries of history and buildings on top of each other, and above all, its importance for millions of people is impossible to assess.
Therefore, the comparison with the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant is somewhat complicated, but it is clear that, if it is built, it will be one of the largest investments in recent centuries.