Spain’s nuclear regulator, Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN), has conditionally approved the restart of the single-unit Santa Maria de Garoña nuclear power station in Burgos, northern Spain, pending a series of modifications and conditions, CSN said in a statement. CSN’s board voted four to one in favour of allowing the single-unit plant, which has been mothballed since the end of 2012, to restart. This would require the operator Nuclenor, which is jointly owned by Spain’s two largest utilities Iberdrola and Endesa, to carry out a series of additional activities before the energy ministry can approve the restart, CSN said. CSN said some conditions apply to all operators of nuclear power stations in Spain and include administrative procedures regarding documentation and safety plans, and the handling of radioactive waste. However, two further sets of conditions need to be met, the first before any fuel is loaded into the reactor and the second before the reactor is restarted. Further CSN approval is required before these stages, CSN said.
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