All cost estimates are, at this stage, preliminary. Actual cost will be provided when we come closer to realization.
The remaining research, risk – and environmental impact assessments etc. will cost several million USD. Most of this cost will be born by research grants and/or public funds. AMR does not invest into fundamental atmospheric research, but will develop the engineering of the plant and conduct an environmental impact assessment before the first MRP will be built.
We estimate the planning, engineering and building cost of the disperser for one MRP at around 1 Million USD. This does not entail the cost of the oil-rig itself, which will be around 5-10 million USD / year, depending on its size and availability. Additional cost will also be caused by the wind-turbines needed to power the MRP. At this stage we believe that one 4-5 MW wind-turbine will suffice. A third unknown factor is the cost of a high tower which will replace the existing derrick. We are currently working on these cost estimates but have to wait for our engineering to provide us with reliable and more detailed mass-calculations.
The cost of FeCl3 will be around 1.200 USD / ton incl. transport by ship to the MRP. 45.000 tons (the annual load for one MRP) will hence cost around 54 million USD.
Annual cost of one MRP is estimated to be around 100 Million USD.
All in all the technical cost of dispersal will be around around two billion USD per year.
The cost of NOT doing anything, however, would be much higher, by a factor of thousands.
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