A nuclear power plant is a fixed installation whose main function is the generation of energy through a nuclear reactor. In Spain there are currently operating a total 5 nuclear power plants, located in different locations. In two of them there are two reactors, so the total number of nuclear reactors in Spain is 7 and, between them, they have an installed electrical power of 7,398.77 Megawatts (MW).
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The Almaraz nuclear power plant is in the municipality of Almaraz (Cáceres), in the Campo Arañuelo region. It is a P.W.R. and its owners are Iberdrola Generación Nuclear, S.A. (52.7%), ENDESA Generación, S.A. (36.0%), Naturgy Energy Group, S.A. (11.3%), together they form the company called Central Nuclear Almaraz-Trillo.
This nuclear power plant is cooled by the Tagus River with an open circuit cooling system to the Arrocampo reservoir and, in addition, it has exactly two reactors:
The Ascó nuclear power plant is located in the municipality of Ascó (Tarragona) to the right of the Ebro river. It is a P.W.R type plant and has two reactors, both managed by the Ascó-Vandellós II Nuclear Association, AIE. (ANAV) but with different owners. The cooling system of this plant is based on a natural draft tower, two forced draft batteries and the river Ebro.
The Cofrentes nuclear power plant is located in Cofrentes, a municipality of the Valencian Community, was built on the right bank of the Júcar river, from which it takes the water to be refrigerated. This plant is of type B.W.R and only has one reactor that has a power of 1,092.02 (MW), thus being the main source of generation in the Valencian Community. In fact, in the last year it represented 46.4% of the total according to data from the Spanish Electricity Network (REE), and it has continuously assumed between 3% and 4% of the energy demanded at the national level.
The commercial exploitation of the only modesty of the plant began in 1985 and its sole owner and also operator is Iberdrola Generación Nuclear, S.A. The Cofrentes plant Since its start-up, this plant is considered one of the most reliable, since it is free of CO2 emissions and has a very stable operation (it has operated for more than 11 years without reactor shutdowns), all thanks to the modernization and investment that has been made in it.
The Vandellós nuclear power plant is in the term municipal district of Vandellós and Hospitalet del Infante (Tarragona). It is a P.W.R type plant that has two reactors, one in operation (Vandellós II) and the other in a latency period (Vandellós II). The reactor in operation began operating in 1988 and has an electrical power of 1,087.14 (MW), operated by the Ascó-Vandellós II Nuclear Association, AIE. (ANAV) which is owned by two owners; Endesa Generación, S.A. (72%) and Iberdrola Generación Nuclear, S.A. (28%).
It has been mentioned that it had two reactors, the Vandellós I reactor suffered a fire in the turbine area, this being classified as level 3 incident (important incident) by the INES scale. The reason why the company decides its definitive closure is due to the high cost of correcting the irregularities that had been detected.
The Trillo nuclear power plant (Guadalajara) It is located next to Tagus river presents a reactor that has been in operation since 1988, being the last Spanish nuclear power plant to come into operation. Power plant of type P.W.R, with an installed electrical power of 1,066.00 (MW) that contributes favorably to the economic and social development of the area, generating approximately 1,300 jobs.
The Trillo nuclear power plant, like the Almaraz nuclear power plant, is operated by Centrales Nucleares Almaraz-Trillo, AIE. (CNAT) and being the owners Iberdrola Generación Nuclear, S.A. (48%), Naturgy Energy Group, S.A. (34.5%), EDP HC Energía, S.A. (15.5%), Nuclenor, S.A. (two%).
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