Spain’s new government is to ask nuclear regulators for advice on the continued operation of the Garoña nuclear power plant, which was dealt an arbitrarily short operating licence by the previous administration.

The Spanish cabinet revoked an order from 2009 that set July 2013 as the latest time that Garoña may be used for power generation. The next step is for the Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) to consider the technical possibilities for longer operation and what technical improvements it may require.

The CSN said it would consider a new licensing request for Garona, should the order come from government, taking into account the improvements set out as a result of the stress test exercise led by the European Commission.

Garoña is a 446 MWe boiling water reactor that was constructed in the late 1960s.

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