The ATC project meets the program envisaged, and it will be built by 2017
The project for the Nuclear Temporary Storage Site (Almacén Temporal Centralizado or ATC in Spanish) is progressing according to the established program, and it is envisaged that its construction begins in 2015 and continues up to the end of 2017. Thus stated today the Head of the Engineering Department for the ATC in ENRESA, Mr. Mariano Navarro, during the first conference of the first series of the Monographic Meeting on the ATC, and which took place in Cuenca.
The progress recorded in this project was the focus of attention during most of this informative meeting. Thus, as Mr. Navarro explained, as of today the works on determining the characteristics of the location continue, whose first phase, already concluded, has confirmed the suitability of the location chosen for building the ATC. The works for determining the characteristics of the location will continue in a second phase as they are required for the issuing of the license for the works, and at later phases for supporting the construction of the facility and for its surveillance plan. Some of the studies corresponding to this phase have already began, and among them are in-depth meteorological, hydrological, geological, geomorphological, seismic, hydrogeological and geotechnical studies. The development of a detailed engineering for the ATC is other of the tasks which is currently performing the state-owned enterprise.
At the same time that the engineering for the project is being developed, the documentation required for the corresponding authorizations is being prepared. In this sense, Mr. Navarro said, Enresa has already filed the documentation for beginning the proceedings for assessing the environmental impact, and at the start of next year it will file the request for the Previous Authorization and Construction.
Work is also proceeding on the development of the infrastructures linked to the nuclear storage facility. Thus, Mr. Navarro highlighted that an agreement has been signed with the Diputación de Cuenca (the provincial governing body) and with the town councils around the location for improving the access ways and another agreement with the regional Government of Castilla La Mancha for improving the roads which link the motorway A3 (Villares del Saz) and the trunk road N420 (Villaescusa de Haro). Furthermore, work is proceeding on bringing running water and in the works required for having an electricity supply.
Besides, as Mr. Navarro pointed out, in 2014 will began the construction of three buildings on the business park which is attached to the facility. On the part of the regional Government of Castilla La Mancha two buildings have already been tendered (Edificio de Vivero de Emprendedores and Edificio de Laboratorio Conjunto) and Enresa is binding an ancillary building.
The university's rol in the Attached Technological Center
The informative meeting concluded with a round table about the role which the university has in the Attached Technological Center which is being built beside the ATC, in which took part the Head of the Soil Engineering and R&D of Enresa, Mr. Julio Astudillo; the tenured professor and Head of the Institute for Energy Research and Industrial Applications at the University of Castilla La Mancha, Mr. Roberto Piriz, and the Head of the Nuclear Division of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT).
Mr. Enrique González. Enresa’s Technical Manager, Mr. Álvaro Rodríguez Beceiro was in charge of acting as moderator in this round table on which were presented, among other issues, the programs which will be developed in the technological center attached to the ATC, which will combine a large part of Enresa’s R&D work.
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