The Almaraz nuclear power plant in Spain recorded an incident at 3:33 a.m. on Saturday at the reactor at unit II, with no record of impacts on the environment or workers, the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) announced. The CSN explains in a statement that Lusa had access today, that it was notified by the owner of the Almaraz nuclear power plant of the incident recorded at 03:33 on Saturday at the reactor unit II, which automatically shut down.
“The event had no impact on workers, the public or the environment. With the information available so far, the incident is classified as provisional level 0 on the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES),” the CSN maintains.
In five days, this is the second incident recorded at the Almaraz nuclear power plant. On June 22, at 20:15, unit I was automatically stopped as a result of the action of the protection of turbines originating from the electric generator.
Unit I was in the process of charging, with 51% of energy and, according to information from the plant owners to the CSN, there were no impacts on workers or the environment.
The central Almaraz is situated by the Tagus River and borders the Portuguese districts of Castelo Branco and Portalegre, with Vila Velha de Ródão being the first Portuguese village bathed by the Tagus after the river entered Portugal.
In operation since 1981 (commercial operation since 1983), the plant is located in a seismic risk zone and only 110 kilometers straight from the Portuguese border.
The owners of the Almaraz plant are Iberdrola (53%), Endesa (36%) and Naturgy (11%).