Westinghouse wins contract for nuclear waste storage facility in Spain

1 October 2013 (Last Updated October 1st, 2013 18:30)

Westinghouse Electric has won a contract from the Spanish agency Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos (ENRESA) to provide main engineering services for the centralised high-level waste (HLW) and spent fuel interim storage facility, Almacen Temporal Centralizado.

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Westinghouse Electric has won a contract from the Spanish agency Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos (ENRESA) to provide main engineering services for the centralised high-level waste (HLW) and spent fuel interim storage facility, Almacen Temporal Centralizado.

The engineering contract calls for civil, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation and control (I&C) work, process analysis and the integration of other modules into the project.

The contract will see Westinghouse executing those services in a consortium with TRSA and GHESA, the partners of Empresarios Agrupados, that include a revision of the generic design and developing the detailed engineering of the facility's main buildings.

The consortium will provide detailed engineering for high-level waste storage, container reception and services and auxiliary systems at the facility, located in central Spain. The engineering services will help the plant improve reliability and sustain regulatory compliance through plant analyses and management programmes.

"The contract will see Westinghouse executing those services in a consortium with TRSA and GHESA."

Pending regulatory approvals, including construction and operation licenses, the project, which was started in April 2013, is likely to be complete by 2018, including the interim storage facility by 2017.

Once operational, the facility will have capacity to store up to around 13,000 cubic metres of waste, including 10,000 cubic metres of spent fuel and the rest HLW and other long-lived waste not suitable for disposal in the El Cabril repository for low and intermediate-level waste in southern Spain.

Westinghouse Southern Europe vice president and managing director Javier Gonzalez said the latest contract represents its continued support for ENRESA's radioactive waste management and nuclear plant decommissioning programmes.

"We believe this most recent contract award reflects ENRESA's high confidence in the quality, reliability and competitiveness of Westinghouse engineering services," added Gonzalez.

In 2004, the Industry Commission of the Spanish Parliament urged the government to develop a centralised storage facility for the Spanish nuclear spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Subsequently, the government has then prioritised the development of such facility in the sixth Radioactive Waste General Plan of 2006.


Image: Westinghouse to provide nuclear engineering services for Spanish waste storage facility. Photo courtesy of Nuclear Energy Institute.

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