Nuclear Power in Spain

Currently, Spain has eight nuclear reactors producing 20% of the country’s electricity or 7,448 net megawatts (MWe). Spain imports approximately 2% of its energy from France but exports the same amount to Portugal.[2]

A nuclear power moratorium was enacted by the socialist government in 1983.[3] For a time the country had a policy of phasing out nuclear power in favor of renewables.[4] The oldest unit (at José Cabrera nuclear power plant) was shut down at the end of 2006, 40 years after its construction.[5] However, in 2009, the operating permit for the Garoña plant was extended to 42 years.[6] In 2011, the government lifted the 40-year limit on all reactors, allowing owners to apply for license extensions in 10-year increments.[7]

One Response to “Nuclear Power in Spain”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Like the Japanese, Spain is just extending the licenses for its reactors and hoping that they do not FAIL causing a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Fukushima!

    Also by extending these reactors, the HUGE decommissioning costs will have to be spent sometime in the future instead of now!

    Remember the rest of Europe is “downwind” from Spain so these aged reactors pose a threat to everyone else in Europe…

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