Maliaño, January 21st, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares SA, SME (Ensa) delivered the long pendular spent fuel handling tool (HPLC), successfully completing the assembly at the Almaraz NPP in Cáceres (Spain) and the Site Acceptance Test consisting of handling with a dummy element (simulated fuel element) in the spent fuel pool of Unit I of said plant.
This tool has been designed for handling fuel elements located in the spent fuel pool, in areas inaccessible to other tools existing to date in the plant. This special lifting device is part of the family of pendular tools in which Ensa is specialized. Its design is patented since 2014 and has been supplied to plants such as José Cabrera NPP (Zorita), Almaraz NPP I and II, Ascó NPP I and II and Yonggwang NPP III and IV.
The pendular tool incorporates technological advances that optimize the balancing of the tool during the grip of the fuel element, providing a fast and reliable response.