The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the completion of a long-term operational safety review at the Ascó nuclear power plant in Spain.

Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellós II (ANAV), the plant operator, asked the IAEA to conduct the safety aspects of long term operation (SALTO) review mission at the plant, which is one of five operational nuclear power plants in the country.

The facility is located in the north-east of Spain and includes two pressurised-water reactor units, each with almost 1030MWe of installed power.

Unit I began commercial operations in 1984, while Unit II came online two years later.

During the nine-day review, the SALTO team examined the aspects required for the safe long-term operation (LTO) of both units.

The team studied the implementation of recommendations that had been made during a pre-SALTO review mission in January 2019.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

ANAV CEO Jose Antonio Gago said: “Our main goal is to obtain an objective and independent assessment of the Ascó plant’s preparedness for LTO.

“The SALTO team’s evaluation of our activities against IAEA safety standards gives us the best opportunity to achieve this.

“We are committed to operating our plants to the highest level of safety and reliability until the very last day they are authorised to operate.”

The 11-member review team comprised experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden, as well as two IAEA staff members.

The team provided a draft report to ANAV and the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN), Spain’s nuclear regulatory authority.

ANAV and CSN will have the option to make factual comments on the draft, and a final report will be submitted to them and the Spanish government within three months.

In December 2018, the IAEA completed a review of long-term nuclear operational safety at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP).