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Nuclear power plants in Spain (view)
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The contribution from nuclear power to Spain's energy portfolio increased until about 1988 and remained near constant from there on, but after that its market share declined as demand rose and use of traditional fossil fuels skyrocketed      thermofossil      hydroelectric      nuclear      Other renewables

In Spain a nuclear power moratorium was enacted by the socialist government in 1983.[1][2] The government has announced the country will phase out nuclear power in favor of renewables.[3] The first unit (at José Cabrera nuclear power plant) was shut down at the end of 2006, 40 years after its construction.[4] However, in 2009, the operating permit for the Garoña plant was extended to 42 years.[5]


Nuclear power plants

The first generation of nuclear plants in Spain were all turnkey projects, including the José Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant and the Vandellòs Nuclear Power Plant.

The second generation of plants were domestically built by companies including Empresarios Agrupados, INITEC and ENSA. Five of these were built.

The third generation includes the Trillo-1 and Vandellos-2. All of the other 5 units of this series were halted in the middle of construction after a moratorium stopping further construction passed in 1994. Capacity of the nuclear fleet has still increased since then due to power uprates.

Fuel cycle

ENUSA is a company in Spain with various holdings in Uranium mining. A Uranium mine in Saelices el Chico was operated for some time, but is now decommissioned and Spain imports all of its Uranium fuel.

State owned Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos SA was established in 1984 and is the responsible outfit for radioactive waste disposal and decommissioning. There is a temporary dry storage facility at the Trillo Nuclear Power Plant, and research for a long term geological repository won't commence until 2010.

Funding for waste management is paid by a tax of 1% on all revenues from nuclear power.


  1. ^ "Spain halts nuclear power". WISE News Communique. 1991-05-24. Retrieved 2006-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Nuclear Power in Spain". World Nuclear Association. May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Nuclear Europe: Country guide". BBC. 2006-02-16. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  4. ^ The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2007 p. 29.
  5. ^ Radowitz, Bernd (July 2, 2009). "Spain Extends Garona Nuclear Plant Operation 4 Yrs". Dow Jones. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 

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