Young Nuclear groups advocate for the reevaluation of the nuclear power shutdown in Spain
March 11, 2024

Young Nuclear groups advocate for the reevaluation of the nuclear power shutdown in Spain

Over 70 representatives from European and international young nuclear networks, spanning 27 countries gathered in Madrid to challenge the planned closure of unit 1 of Almaraz nuclear power plant, among other subjects.

The goal of this meeting was to exchange insights into the nuclear sector across their countries, comprising members of the European Nuclear Society - Young Generation Network and the International Youth Nuclear Congress. The 'Salvemos Almaraz' ('Let's save Almaraz') initiative by the Spanish Youth Network garnered support from various nations.

Members of Young Nuclear in Spain during the meeting
Members of the Young Nuclear group during the meeting (Photo: Jóvenes Nucleares)

Over 70 representatives from European and international young nuclear networks came together to challenge the planned closure of unit 1 of Almaraz nuclear power plant

Almaraz powers four million homes

Spain operates seven nuclear reactors that contribute to over 20% of the country's electricity. However, adhering to its nuclear phase-out policy, the fleet is set for closure by 2035, with Almaraz 1 scheduled to cease operations by 2027. Jóvenes Nucleares, an association that represents young professionals and students in the Spanish nuclear sector, emphasized that the plant's 2000 MWe installed capacity powers four million homes, accounting for 7% of Spain's total generation and preventing the emission of 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The plant also received a € 600 million investment in maintenance and operation, earning the plant the highest recognition from the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

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