An Alternative Route? France’s Position in the Spanish Nuclear Program, c. 1950s–1980s
Esther M. Sánchez-Sánchez
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Esther M. Sánchez-Sánchez: Universidad de Salamanca
Chapter 6 in The Economic History of Nuclear Energy in Spain, 2017, pp 155-186 from Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract This chapter deals with the extent of French assistance to the Spanish nuclear development between the 1950s and the 1980s, based mainly on archival material from France and Spain. After a brief assessment of the French nuclear program, we examine the origins of French-Spanish cooperation in the electricity and nuclear sectors, identifying the key individuals, businesses and institutions. Afterwards, special attention is given to the largest ever French nuclear operation in Spain: the Vandellós 1 power plant, located in the coast of Catalonia. Finally, the text reviews the evolution of bilateral nuclear relations during the years when Spanish moratorium was brewing, and both the United States and West Germany had become strong competitors in the Iberian market. Nuclear collaboration with France was important for Spain both as an end and as a means, since it widely boosted the modernization of local industries and workforce, and also paved the way for other large industrial and political projects.
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