Nuclear Warning System Being Overhauled
The Interior Ministry has signed a contract with the Madrid-based company VEMEC, to overhaul and manage the nation´s warning system that activated in the event of a nuclear disaster.
Despite the five operational nuclear power plants facing closure, the system which warns citizens if there is an emergency is still of a high enough priority to warrant the signing of the 280,000 euro per year contract.
The warning network is already in place surrounding the nuclear power plants in Santa María de Garoña (Burgos); Almaraz (Cáceres); Trillo and José Cabrera (Guadalajara), Cofrentes (Valencia) and Vandellós and Ascó (Tarragona), which will all now have an updated system installed during the course of the contract period.
The systems compose of public address systems featuring cables, amplifiers, broadcast elements, microphones, digital players, vehicles and antennas, as well as a radio communication system featuring towers, power lines, power supply systems, communication equipment and repeater stations.
During the review phase, the damaged equipment will be removed and replaced with new ones, the warning systems will be tested and the whole network will be checked every six months.