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José Cabrera Nuclear Power Station

Coordinates: 40°20′57″N 2°53′4″W / 40.34917°N 2.88444°W / 40.34917; -2.88444
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José Cabrera Nuclear Power Station
Zorita NPP
Coordinates40°20′57″N 2°53′4″W / 40.34917°N 2.88444°W / 40.34917; -2.88444
Construction began1964
Commission dateAugust 13, 1969
Decommission dateApril 30, 2006
Operator(s)Union Electrica Fenosa, S.A.
Power generation
Units decommissioned1 x 150 MW
Nameplate capacity
  • 160 MW
Annual net output392 GWh
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The José Cabrera Nuclear Power Station (also known as Zorita[1]) was a nuclear power station in Almonacid de Zorita, 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of Madrid, Spain.

The power plant consisted of one single-loop PWR of 160 MWe, built by Zachry Construction Corporation for the Westinghouse Electric Company. It was operated by Unión Fenosa.[2]


Construction of the power station started in 1964. It was commissioned in 1968 to Zachry Construction Corporation, and it operated from 1968 until 2006. In 2006, it was closed by ministerial order.[2]

On 11 February 2010, Unión Fenosa transferred the site's ownership to Enresa, a Spanish company responsible for decommissioning the power station. Enresa planned to clear the site by the end of 2015.[2]

In 2010, Westinghouse won a contract to dismantle the reactor internals, and another contract in 2013 to dismantle the reactor pressure vessel. In November 2019, dismantling of the containment building began, and by June 2022 the turbine building was also dismantled. By September 2023, the containment building void was filled with 9,500 cubic metres (340,000 cu ft) of soil. A final phase of site clean-up and testing will be carried out before declaration of the end of decommissioning.[3]

2003 incident[edit]

The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council has investigated the plant's deficient safety system and a missing screw that prevented the reactor from resuming operations after a month-long refueling operation in December 2003.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "::FORO Nuclear::". Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ a b c "José Cabrera moves into decommissioning". World Nuclear News. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  3. ^ "Milestone in restoration of Zorita plant site". World Nuclear News. 22 September 2023. Retrieved 25 September 2023.

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