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Ascó Nuclear Power Plant
View of the cooling tower of the Ascó nuclear power plant
View of the cooling tower of the Ascó nuclear power plant
Data
Country Spain
Owner Endesa
Operator Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellòs (ANAV) A.I.E. (ENDESA/ID)
Built 1971
Start of commercial operation 1984-12-10
Reactors
Reactors active 2 (total 2,060 MW)
Power
Total power generation in 2006 15,387 GW·h
Average annual generation (last 5 yrs) 15,474 GW·h
Net generation 307,970 GW·h
Other details
License expires 2023 (Asco 1) and 2025 (Asco 2)
As of July 25, 2007

Ascó Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power station at Ascó in Spain.

It consists of two PWRs of 933 and 943 MWe.

View of the cooling tower of the Ascó nuclear power plant

2007 leak

An INES level 2 accident occurred on November 2007 at the Unit 1 reactor. The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) was not advised of the leak until April 4. Although the leak happened in November, particles were not detected outdoors until March 2008.[1]

CSN initially estimated that total radioactivity detected was about 235,000 becquerels. The council operating the plant later estimated that a maximum of 84.95 million becquerels of radioactivity were spilled. CSN announced it was changing the classification of the leak from Level 1 to Level 2 because of "inadequate control of radioactive material and of providing incomplete and deficient information to the controlling body." An investigation was opened and the director of the plant was fired.[2] [3]

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Coordinates: 41°12′0″N 0°34′10″E / 41.2°N 0.56944°E / 41.2; 0.56944

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