Spain occupies a leading position at international level in the field of installation decommissioning. Decommissioning projects have already been performed in relation to uranium mills, the rehabilitation of disused uranium mines is currently in the final phase and the dismantling of the Vandellós-I Nuclear Power Plant is now under way.

On the basis of this experience, this paper describes the key issues in decommissioning technology and presents the approaches adopted by ENRESA to tackle the decommissioning strategy in Spain. In particular practical dismantling and decontamination methods are described, and material and radioactive waste management are discussed.

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