Reliability as a principle

Technological robustness is fundamental for the safety of a nuclear plant. A plant is a complex facility where tens of thousands of operations are performed every day and none of them are left to chance.

From the design to the construction of equipment, from the daily operation to all the maintenance activities, everything that takes place in a plant like this, even the response to extraordinary situations, is formulated, planned, trained or included in manuals and procedures.

Following a defined protocol, every decision made in the plants generates information that is analysed to improve the operation’s experience. For ANAV, reliability is a duty, not a target. However, there is always room for improvement.

For this reason, we foster training and the critical analysis abilities of our workers, we upgrade the facilities with the best technology available and we exchange information with manufacturers and other operators in order to increase the level of efficiency of our facilities and our working methods.

“All procedures in a nuclear power plant are formulated, planned and tested”

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The reliability of the Ascó and Vandellós II plants is explained by the implementation of a quality model that evolves, adapting to the constant changes required by the organisation, and that is always subordinated to safety. Also contributing to the increasing reliability is the cooperation with and the recommendations from specialist international organisations, such as the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These organisations review ANAV’s equipment, personnel and procedures. The requirements of the Nuclear Safety Council, who has personnel permanently assigned to the plants and carries out on-site inspections also contributes to this end.


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