Ascó Nuclear Power Plant

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Ascó Nuclear Power Plant
Central Nuclear d'Ascó (Tarragona, Catalunya).jpg
View of the cooling tower of the Ascó nuclear power plant
Ascó Nuclear Power Plant is located in Spain
Ascó Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Ascó Nuclear Power Plant within Spain
Official name Central nuclear de Ascó
Country Spain
Coordinates 41°12′0″N 0°34′10″E / 41.20000°N 0.56944°E / 41.20000; 0.56944Coordinates: 41°12′0″N 0°34′10″E / 41.20000°N 0.56944°E / 41.20000; 0.56944
Construction began 1971
Commission date December 10, 1984 (1984-12-10)
Owner(s) Endesa
Operator(s) Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellòs (ANAV) A.I.E. (ENDESA/ID)
Power generation
Units operational 2 totaling 2060 MW
Annual generation 15,474 GW·h

Ascó Nuclear Power Plant (Catalan: Central Nuclear d'Ascó, Spanish: Central Nuclear de Ascó) is a nuclear power station located in Ascó, Catalonia, in Spain.

It consists of two PWRs of 933 and 943 MWe.

2007 leak[edit]

An INES level 2 incident occurred on November 2007 at the Unit 1 reactor. The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) was not advised of the leak until April 4. Although the leak happened in November, particles were not detected outdoors until March 2008.[1]

CSN initially estimated that total radioactivity detected was about 235,000 becquerels. The council operating the plant later estimated that a maximum of 84.95 million becquerels of radioactivity were spilled. CSN announced it was changing the classification of the leak from Level 1 to Level 2 because of "inadequate control of radioactive material and of providing incomplete and deficient information to the controlling body." An investigation was opened and the director of the plant was fired.[2][3]

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