EU Debates Atomic Safety Checks as Spanish Quake Kills Eight

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Planned stress tests on European nuclear plants should focus on threats from natural disasters and exclude potential man-made catastrophes such as a terrorist attack, European atomic industry group Foratom said.

European nuclear officials are to decide today on parameters for the safety checks on atomic power plants in response to the Japanese nuclear crisis caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The meeting of the European Commission, the EU regulator, and 27 national nuclear safety authorities comes a day after Spain’s biggest earthquake in 57 years killed eight people.

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Spain nuclear watchdog to inspect Cofrentes plant

Monday, September 28, 2009

MADRID, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear regulator said on Thursday it will inspect the 1,000 megawatt Iberdrola-owned Cofrentes nuclear power station after part of a fuel rod was dropped during refuelling work.

The Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) added in a statement that it had given the event on Tuesday a preliminary rating of 1 on the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES), but that workers, the general population and environment were not at risk.

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Spain nuclear plant halts, another to refuel

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MADRID, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Spain's 1,000-megawatt Cofrentes nuclear plant was halted on Friday for maintenance work while power was being stepped down at the 1,000-MW Asco II plant prior to refuelling, operators and technicians said.

That leaves just five of Spain's eight nuclear power plants working normally, as the 1,000 MW Vandellos II plant has been halted almost continually for two months.

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Spain's 1,000 MW Vandellos II nuclear plant on line

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MADRID, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Spain's 1,000 megawatt Vandellos II nuclear plant was reconnected to the grid early on Tuesday morning after an absence of nearly two months, technicians said.

"We've been back on line since 4:26 (0226 GMT) and are stepping up power. We need to do tests before reaching full power," said a technician from the plant, which is near to the northeastern port of Tarragona.

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Spain nuclear watchdog warns on plant renewals

Thursday, September 4, 2008

VALENCIA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog told plants on Wednesday that renewing their operating permits would depend on how they implemented tighter safety procedures spurred by a rash of unscheduled stoppages.

Among others, the Nuclear Safety Council reviewed safety plans at the 1,000 megawatt Asco I plant, which faces a hefty fine after the regulator asked for government sanctions over the management's handling of a radioactive leak last November.

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Spain's nuclear watchdog reports power surge at nuclear power station

Monday, July 14, 2008

MADRID, Spain: A Spanish nuclear power plant reported an unexpected power surge Sunday, the fourth safety alert there in 12 days, the country's nuclear authority said.

Safety systems prevented any radiation leak at the Cofrentes reactor when power surged by more than 20 percent just before 5 a.m. Sunday (0300 GMT), the Nuclear Security Council said in a statement.

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Four Spanish nuclear plants suffer faults in 72 hours

Monday, June 30, 2008

None of the incidents was serious and there was no danger to workers or the environment at any time.
Four Spanish nuclear plants have suffered some form of breakdown over the past 72 hours.

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Cofrentes nuclear power station shut down after fire

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The fire in a transformer was extinguished in an hour and safety measures worked correctly

The Nuclear power station at Cofrentes, Valencia, suffered a transformer fire on Thursday, which lead to the reactor being shut down.

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