Portuguese calls to close Spanish nuclear plant

in News · 27-09-2020 20:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese parliament has recommended, by a large majority, that the Government intervene with Spain to close the Spanish nuclear power plant in Almaraz, located about 100 kilometres from the border.

The PS party voted in favour of the draft resolution presented by the People-Animals-Nature party (PAN), alongside the PSD, BE, PCP, CDS, PEV, Chega and the two non-registered deputies Joacine Katar Moreira and Cristina Rodrigues. Only the Liberal Initiative abstained.

In the resolution, which is only a recommendation, the Government is asked to “intervene with the Spanish Government in order to close the nuclear power plant in Almaraz”.

The Almaraz power station is located next to the Tagus river and borders the Portuguese districts of Castelo Branco and Portalegre.

In operation since 1981 (commercial operation since 1983), the plant is located in an area of ??seismic risk and only 110 kilometres from the Portuguese border. It should have closed in 2010, but remains in operation.

The renewal of the activity license for the Almaraz nuclear power station will allow the first reactor to continue operating until November 2027 and the second reactor until October 2028.

The owners of the Almaraz plant are Iberdrola (53%), Endesa (36%) and Naturgy (11%).


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