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Gil-Ortega: “ATC is a State project in which all of us have to join hands”

Gil-Ortega: “ATC is a State project in which all of us have to join hands”

27/01/2014 - Madrid
Press release ENRESA

ENRESA’s Chairperson, Mr. Francisco Gil-Ortega pointed out today that the temporary nuclear storage site (Almacén Temporal Centralizado or ATC) for high-activity nuclear waste which Enresa will build at Villar de Cañas (Cuenca) “is a State project in which all of us have to join hands”. Mr. Gil-Ortega played a leading role in the symposium Foro Nueva Energía which took place today in Madrid in which, among other issues, he explained the details regarding the ATC, which according to him is “one of the most important projects in Spain for the next 20 years”.

The President of the regional Government of Castilla La Mancha, Ms. María Dolores de Cospedal, was the person in charge of introducing Enresa’s Chairperson and insisted, during her speech, that “the ATC is going to be a source of wealth, prosperity and a magnet for research and innovation in Castilla La Mancha”. Equally, Ms. Cospedal added that “Enresa and Castilla La Mancha face the joint challenge of developing the ATC and making it a success”.

Fencing works

Precisely today, pointed out Mr. Gil-Ortega, work has begun on fencing the 54 Hectares of land on which the facility will be built, a location, which he highlighted, “meets all the necessary requirements”, as certified by the different characterization studies carried out by Enresa.

This storage facility, as Mr. Gil-Ortega stated, “is not a cemetery” but a “brief” facility in the life of the spent nuclear fuel and which will have a second management stage in the form of a Deep Geological Repository for which Enresa “is also ready” as it has made during the last 10 years the studies for identifying the geological formations which are suitable for this kind of facilities and as it also carried out a generic design thereof.

Business incubator

Another of the novelties regarding the Villar de Cañas project is the award of the business incubator which was recently awarded by the regional Government of Castilla La Mancha, which besides will have an information center which will be open to the public. Besides, Mr. Gil-Ortega stressed, more than 500 companies have shown their interest in operating near the ATC.

He stated that Enresa submitted recently to the Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Energy the documentation required for obtaining the preauthorization and the construction authorization for a project which will begin to operate in 2018, although Enresa has a contingency plan for nuclear power stations not having to halt their operations even although the ATC were to suffer a delay.

Financed through levies

Mr.Gil-Ortega also made a mention to Enresa being financed through levies which are paid by the electricity companies and which are used for paying both the ATC and the dismantling of nuclear power plants and for the management of low and medium-level nuclear waste. In this regard, Mr. Gil-Ortega announced that next spring will begin the works for the second specific structure for very low level nuclear waste (cell 30) and that negotiations have already being held with Hornachuelos’ town council for building a further 28 cells at the facility in the province of Cordova.

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