DUAL PURPOSE SPENT FUEL CASKS FOR SPAIN

30 April 1998

The order for two casks, suitable for either transport or storage of irradiated fuel, has been won in Spain by Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) after a worldwide bidding process.

The contract, awarded by Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radioactivos (ENRESA), the Spanish state company for radwaste management, includes the option for the supply of a further six, to be exercised by ENRESA in 2000. The casks will hold up to 21 PWR elements of the type designed for the Trillo nuclear plant. This has a maximum burnup of 40 000 MWd/tU, a maximum initial enrichment of 4%, and five-years cooling time. The casks received the formal approval of the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy last October.

ENSA designed the cask under the terms of a licence agreement signed between the company and NAC, which carried out the nuclear calculations and was responsible for the overall design review.




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