ENRESA is studying to expand capacity at El Cabril in volume terms, but not in radiological activity
ENRESA has already begun talks with the town council of Hornachuelos (Cordova) about the possibility of increasing El Cabril’s storage capacity for low and medium-level radioactive waste. Enresa’s Chairperson, Mr. Francisco Gil-Ortega, has made this announcement at the Foro Nueva Energía in Madrid; he also stated that this enlargement, if made, could amount to 28 storage structures.
According to Enresa’s Technical Department, this scenario of 28 new structures is the maximum (the limit which might be built), but the enlargement is still undefined and at no time would it entail any modification in the facility’s authorized radiological inventory, because it involves a volumetric, but not radiological, enlargement.
General plan for radioactive waste
According to the forecasts of the Plan General de Residuos Radiactivos (General plan for radioactive waste) the low and medium-level radioactive waste generated will reach a total amount of around 180,000-cubic meters; of these, 90,000 will be medium and low-level radioactive waste and 90,000 very low level radioactive waste.
Currently, El Cabril has enough capacity for storing all this amount of waste but 50,000 cubic meters are for low and medium radioactive waste and 130,000 cubic meters are for very low level radioactive waste, according to current characterization data.
That is why programs are being discussed for reducing the volume and turning low and medium level radioactive waste into very low level radioactive waste. Even so, it is forecasted that it might be necessary to increase the low and medium level capacity by around the years 2020-2022.
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