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ENUSA and Ensa show their technological strengths in China

A delegation of ENUSA and Ensa headed by their respective presidents, José Vicente Berlanga and David Gomila, with members of their management teams, Roberto González Villegas and Rafael Triviño have visited China to hold meetings at the highest level with the Chinese nuclear sector.

It is necessary to highlight the importance of the Chinese nuclear program, with five new reactors entering into operation in 2019, after the eight that were launched in 2018, with 10 new reactors under construction at present, and with the recent authorization of the construction of four new reactors. All this implies new needs in relation to fuel production, which will probably require new factories for the CNNC group and the CGN group.

The big Chinese nuclear companies see the Spanish homonyms ENUSA and Ensa, as preferential partners in their development activities in the Chinese nuclear program and in the exit to the outside of these companies.

The Spanish leaders were received by the vice-president of the CGN and a member of the Chinese government, who confirmed the Group’s interest in strengthening the collaboration begun with Spanish public nuclear companies years ago in the spent fuel management areas, service provision, development of equipment and the expansion to the design and manufacture of fuel, dismantling and participation in R + D + i activities. The CGN Group is the largest nuclear operator in China and the third worldwide.

The CGN group is interested in the fact that ENUSA can help with the implementation of its expected fuel factory, for which they have already requested construction authorization at the Yiangjian site.

Therefore important expectations for the Spanish nuclear industry are opened not only in the fuel cycle or in the development of technology, but also in the process of digitalization initiated by the Chinese nuclear sector, and in which Spain is a benchmark, as a result of the intense work begun more than a decade ago by the Spanish nuclear industry in the digitalization of its processes to improve the quality and safety of its products. In this way, the Chinese nuclear industry tries to match other industrial sectors in its country, which have already made important advances in this area.

During this visit they visited several sites where Chinese companies have their activity.

ENUSA has had the opportunity to visit the CNNC group factory in Yibin, operated by the CJNF company of the CNNC group. ENUSA has been collaborating with this company for several years, a collaboration that has resulted in the supply of several production quality control equipment’s, and with whom there are opportunities to extend this collaboration to improve its facilities in the near future through the support in the layout of their new factory in the Yibin area.

During their stay in the Asian country, both companies have held meetings with the SNPEC engineering of the Chinese SPIC nuclear group, in charge of the execution and operation of the AP-1000 design reactors located in Sanmen and Haiyang, which has put in value the great work done by Ensa in the supply of steam generators for Sanmen and they  have manifested their firm intention to collaborate in the future with both Spanish public companies.

For its part, Ensa visited the Sanmen site, the first Ap-1000 design center that has entered into operation. During the visit, the President of the Operadora, Mr. Miao Yaming, expressed his gratitude to Ensa for the services provided by the Spanish public company with the supply of steam generators. Mr. Miao also expressed his desire to extend this collaboration to the supply of equipment for phases 2 and 3 of the Sanmen project.

On the other hand, ENUSA has taken advantage of the opportunity to extend its representation agreement with its agent in China, NUTECH, until 2023, responsible for identifying the needs of the Chinese nuclear industry, and has facilitated these meetings with the Chinese nuclear industry that translate into important commercial expectations for the Spanish company. An agreement that has been signed following the strict rules of Compliance of the public company, which ensures the transparency and legal security of commercial transactions with third countries.

The CGN group is interested in the fact that ENUSA can help with the implementation of its expected fuel factory, for which they have already requested the construction authorization at the Yiangjian site.

Therefore important expectations for the Spanish nuclear industry are opened, not only in the fuel cycle or in the development of technology, but also in the process of digitalization initiated by the Chinese nuclear sector, and in which Spain is a benchmark, as a result of the intense work begun more than a decade ago by the Spanish nuclear industry in the digitalization of its processes to improve the quality and safety of its products. In this way, the Chinese nuclear industry tries to match other industrial sectors in its country, which have already made important advances in this area.

Ensa participated in the ITER Business Forum held in France

Maliaño, April 1, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the ITER Business Forum held in Antibes Juan les Pins in southern France.

Organized by the ITER France Agency, it is the largest economic event in the world dedicated to the ITER project and represents a great chance for the companies involved in this project to establish industrial associations and access business opportunities.

The state company based in Maliaño took advantage of this event to make new contacts with potential partners at European and international level, strengthen ties with the main contractors of the ITER Organization and the National Agencies, catch up on the latest developments of the project, receive updated information on future business opportunities and showcase their technological capabilities and industrial achievements.

Ensa was the first European company to deliver a completed component of the ITER project in its location in Cadarache. 4 tanks for the Tritiated Water System were manufactured for what is one of the most important civil engineering platforms currently whose objective is to test the feasibility of fusion energy as a sustainable energy source, before the construction of a facility commercial demonstration.

Ensa participated in Nugenia, one of the most important European forums on nuclear energy

The company showed its experience in manufacturing of fusion reactors, especially in ITER

Maliaño, 28th march 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in Nugenia, one of the most important European forums related to nuclear energy, where the most important companies in manufacturing and investigation in this type of technologies met. Nugenia, organizer of the meeting, is a non-profit association strongly implicated in the R&D of technologies that ensure the safety, reliability, and competitiveness of the nuclear plants of second and third generation.

In the technical sessions topics as safety of the plants, digitalization, dismantling, competitiveness and components manufacturing were treated. Within this last section the state company located in Maliaño offered the presentation “Advanced manufacturing of fusion reactors”, where its experience in the manufacturing on this type of reactors was showed and it was made special emphasis in the works that are being carried out in the manufacturing and welding contracts for ITER .

In this last aspect the main challenge they are dealing with were commented and they presented the main technological development that is being carried out to undertake the works. To conclude the presentation, they showed a demonstration video with the works that are being made in its component production workshop.

The meeting served to show Ensa’s capabilities in the manufacturing of components for the nuclear sector, so as to know the last advances and tendencies into the same sector.

Ensa increase its external calibrations

Maliaño, March 26th 2019-.  The Metrology Laboratory of Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E is set as a reference in the world of calibration. An example of this is the constant increase of external works realized. In 2010 a hundred measurements were counted, in 2018 this figure has reached up to 600.

The cantabrian company ensure that the confidence that its clients have deposited in it is due to several factors as the direct, professional and near deal with the laboratory technicians, reflected in the results of the surveys made; to the differentiating element of its service  by calibrating what the customers need when they need it; and the increase in accreditations ENAC that allow Ensa to participate and win tenders for calibration plans of big companies as Repsol, GE, etc.

These data are supported by the good results obtained in external and internal audits and in the inter-comparisons with other laboratories.

Ensa participated in the Meeting with the Talent hosted by the ETS of Industrial Engineers and Telecommunication of the UC

Maliaño, March 20th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the third edition of the Meeting with the Talent hosted by the ETS of Industrial Engineers and Telecommunication of the Cantabrian University .

The aim of this event was brought the student near to the companies, to put them in touch with the labor market. The most important companies in the region participated in it. Ensa was one of them together with its subsidiary, Enwesa. There, the student have the chance to know their products, services and activity and also to provide them the delivery of their resume to possible work practices.

For the state company established at Maliaño this meetings are very productive because improve the approach of companies with the talent of the students and offer the opportunity to find different profiles that fit what it needs.

The CINC celebrates the Seminar «Current situation, Challenges and Perspectives for the future in the Nuclear Industry»

Maliaño, March 13, 2019.- The Cluster of the Nuclear Industry of Cantabria celebrates tomorrow the conference «Current Situation, Challenges and Perspectives for the Future in the Nuclear Industry».

The event, which will take place in the Chamber of Commerce of Santander and Cantabria from 10:00 am, will allow knowing the current situation and future opportunities within the Nuclear Industry sector.

The day, which will be opened by Sodercan, will be used to present the Activity Report of the business conglomerate during 2018.

The CINC will have three luxury speakers: Ivan Baldwin, president of the  Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster , who will speak about the importance of regional clustering and international cooperation; Jose Antonio Gago, general director of the Ascó Vandellós Nuclear Association that will deal with the technical and economic sustainability of the Spanish nuclear power plants: current situation and future prospects and Teresa Rodrigo, director of the Institute of Physics of Cantabria , who will discuss about the scientific infrastructure and its relationship with nuclear facilities.

The speakers

Iván Baldwin, chairman of the BECBC; an energy cluster of more than 300 companies based in North West England. He has more than 20 years of experience working in highly regulated sectors such as defense, construction and nuclear energy and building multiple relationships with commercial success in the UK and overseas markets.

For his part, Jose Antonio Gago, worked at ENRESA where he held various responsibilities related to the management of spent fuel and high-level waste, at ENDESA he was sub director of Engineering and Fuel Cycle of the General Directorate of Nuclear Energy and since 2009 he has worked in ANAV, the company that operates the Ascó 1 and 2 nuclear power plants and Vandellós II. Since May 2012 he is the general director of this Association. He is currently a member of the Board of irectors of the Foro Nuclear and has been the president of the Sociedad Nuclear Española during 2017 and 2018.

Teresa Rodrigo is professor of Physics at the University of Cantabria. She participates in experiments of Physics in Particles Accelerators, which are developed in large laboratories such as the CERN in Geneva or the FERMILAB in Chicago-US. She has participated in the most relevant experiments in the area of her ​​specialty that have taken place in the last decades, which is reflected in a long list of scientific publications.

Ensa participated in the International Nuclear Power Plants Summit in Istambul

Maliaño, March 11st 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has been with the Cluster of the Nuclear Industry of Cantabria , in the 6th edition of the Congress and Exhibition of nuclear power plants – International Nuclear Power Plant Summit celebrated in Instambul.

The event, considerate as a reference date in the nuclear sector in Turkey, joined all supplier of the nuclear supply chain with the main buyers, decision makers and potential partners. There the state company located in Maliaño had the chance to show their products and services, show its capacities in the nuclear industry, update the latest industry developments and networking opportunities to explore new ways of collaboration.

The Advanced Technology Center of Ensa cooperate with Navantia improving the developments in the design and production of a component for a new submarine

Maliaño, March 5st, 2019. – The Advanced Technology Center of Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E  , with other technologies centers as CTC, Eurocontrol and CADE, made an advisory and consulting work  to Navantia shipyard in the design and manufacturing review of one of the integrating components of the new S-80 submarines.

Through different analysis and calculations, in addition to ensuring compliance with the ASME standard, it was verified that these components of the submarine were safe for installation.

Ensa develops two news processes of protection against the corrosion of the sealing gaskets of its ENUN cask

Maliaño, March 1st 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has developed two news alternatives for the recharge processes in the seat area of the sealing gaskets thanks to a subsidy of the line INNOVA 2017 of de Department of Innovation, Industry, Tourism of the Cantabrian government.

The main purpose of the project consists in the improvement of the productivity and competitiveness of metal casks of the ENUN family of new manufacturing in the protection of the board area against to corrosion. For that, Ensa has developed two alternatives and complementary lines thanks to the introduction of new technologies.

Therefore, Ensa has developed the robot application of weld CMT, which allow the performance of recharge the sealing gasket with a high metallurgic quality and an important rise in productivity. This is possible thanks to the improvement of the welding device, as well as the system robotization that allows covering any type of complex geometry.

Ensa received students of the intermediate level of Mechanid of Salesianos school

Maliaño, February the 26fst of 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E  received the visit of the second-year students of the intermediate level of Machined of Salesianos school at Santander.

The group was welcomed with a presentation of the company where the main products designed and manufactured and the services offered to the nuclear industry were shown.

The visit continued in the Advanced Technology Centre where they observed, among others, tensile tests and impact tests with Charpy pendulum.

The meeting finished in the factory where they could see the main components and products in differents stages of manufacturing. Also the group observed the operation of specific machines such as grinding machines, boring machines, broaching machine and the vertical lathe and it was explained to them the work carried out in the clean area.