Spain’s fuel plant receives licence extension

7 June 2016

Spain's Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) on 1 June approved the renewal for a further 10 years of the operating licence for Enusa's Juzbado nuclear fuel fabrication plant in Salamanca. The plant, commissioned in 1985, produces boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor fuel elements for Spain's reactors and also supplies other customers in Europe.

The plant's operating and manufacturing permits were due to expire in July. Enusa applied to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism for the licence extension and the ministry referred the application to the CSN in July 2015. Enusa said CSN assessed various aspects associated with the plant's periodic safety review and the facilities' compliance with a number of conditions and orders imposed when and since the last permit was granted. In addition to the operating licence, the CSN has also approved renewal of the Juzbado plant's physical protection permit and a revision of its physical protection plan.

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