The next 13 and 14 April will be back to talk about nuclear, but this time in a tourist key, on the occasion of the Open day, organized by Sogin, of the four Italian nuclear power stations, closed following the result referenda of 1987, called In the aftermath of the Chernobyldisaster.
Four Technological Excellencies, because at the time Italy was at the forefront of the sector. The first, Trino Vercellese, established the world record of uninterrupted operation at full power (322 days), and the most powerful reactor, from 22 October 1964 to 4 August 1966, when it was surpassed by Chinon A3 French. The plant of Caorso, near Piacenza, was instead the largest in our country, Latina was the first Italian central ever, and at the time of its start the most powerful in Europe. The Garigliano plant, near Caserta, is easily recognizable by the gigantic white sphere that still encloses the reactor, first realized at European level with the BWR (Boiling Water reactor) technology.
The visits, lasting about two hours, will also allow to verify in first person the state of the dismantling, the management of the procedures and the safety and the programs still to be completed from here to the 2028-2030, and are guided and illustrated by Technicians of Sogin, the company that is dealing with the decommissioning. The work is carried out every day to disassemble the systems piece by piece, all respecting, of course, the safety norms. Our power stations at the moment are in the advanced phase of dismantling, and the nuclear fuel has been almost completely transferred to France and England for reprocessing operations, which allow the reuse of 96-97 of fissile material. The remaining 3-4 is not recoverable for re-processing and in the coming years, after a process of vitrification and stored in a national warehouse for whose location still has not been found an agreement.