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Ensa received a representation of companies in the nuclear sector of South Korea

Maliaño, 23rd of may, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E received the visit of a representation of South Korean companies dedicated to the nuclear industry. The meeting was organized by the Foro Nuclear in collaboration with Korea Trade Investment Promotion , Agency Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power and Korea Nuclear Partners .

More than 40 companies from the nuclear sector in Spain and South Korea gathered at the facilities that the state company has in Maliaño to intensify the synergies and alliances between the Spanish and South Korean nuclear industry, as well as to strengthen or establish new businesses in the nuclear field between both countries.

Its general director, Rafael Triviño, welcomed them and explained the capabilities of Ensa, as well as its international expansion. The group visited the workshop where they could see some of the main components designed and manufactured by the company such as steam generators or casks for the storage and transportation of spent fuel in different manufacturing states.

For its part, the Cantabrian Cluster of Nuclear Industry , a business organization that emerged as a meeting point between agents of the Cantabrian nuclear industry, with María Vega as president, showed the technology and services offered by the companies that integrated it. Each of its representatives had the opportunity to publicize their products and services through bilateral meetings.

Ensa received the students of the Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Cataluña

Maliaño, the 10th of may 2019.- One more year, Equipos Nucleares SA, SME received the visit of the students of the Master of Nuclear Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Cataluña who came with the chief from the Nuclear Engineering Division of the UPC, Lluís Batet.

During the visit, the group toured the main facilities that the state company has in Maliaño, including the laboratories that are integrated within its Advanced Technology Center.

In the workshop, they saw the scale model 1: 1 of the union of sectors of the reactor of the ITER , steam generators and fuel casks in different state of manufacture and a replacement head of a reactor.

One of the objectives of the Master, which is part of the European master EMINE organized by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, is to train highly competent nuclear engineers so that they can easily adapt to positions of responsibility in companies in the sector or nuclear research centers.

Ensa hosted the periodic meeting of the OPTOSTEEL Project

Maliaño, May 3 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E hosted the periodic follow meeting of the OPTOSTEEL project
which the members of the Consortium. They discussed the results of the research carried out and the next steps to be taken to optimize the tenacity in the welding of high strength structural steels.

The OPTOSTEEL project is part of the Research Program of the European Fund for Coal and Steel Research with award number 709936).

Ensa and GE develop a control rod blade and fuel channels segmentation technology

Maliaño, April 30, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E , with General Electric-Hitachi GEH, have developed a technological solution for the processing of the control rod blade and fuel channels sementation technology. This solution is applicable to dismantling phase and during the operation of the plants, because the segmentation technology permits to perform the work reliably and safely, avoiding the release of gases, such as boron carbide or tritium.

With this new technology of cutting it is possible to reduce the volume of waste and maximize the storage capacity of spent fuel pools.

During its application in Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Valencia, a significant reduction in the volume occupied by the control rods and irradiated fuel channels has been achieved, which will allow the plant to continue operating without space problems during the coming years: In particular, a total of 120 positions have been released on the hangers of the control rods and 12 positions on the fuel storage racks.

In addition, the equipment is modular, allowing its installation in areas of reduced space, and carrying out cutting activities in parallel with other plant operation activities.

Satisfactory presentation of the systems and procedures developed by Ensa for the welding between sectors of the ITER vacuum chamber

Maliaño, April 26, 2019.- The presentation of the first package of systems and procedures developed by Equipos Nucleares S.A, S.M.E within the welding project of sectors and ports of the vacuum chamber for ITER was highly satisfactory.

Its preparation has been a considerable challenge in the recent months, but the state company based in Maliaño has received unanimous congratulations from the client, as well as the president of the court and its main components: TRO and FIDIC .

Three additional sessions are planned with the rest of the systems that will be developed during the next months.

Ensa participates in the construction of the most powerful neutron source in the world

The company will participate in the building of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator

Maliaño, April 24, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has been successful bidder to the manufacture of 4 Monolith Port Blocks and the NNbar Tube by research center known as the European Spallation Neutron Source .

Each block of ports contains between 9 – 11 tubes to house the NBPI or neutron beam port insertions and to the NB PP or Plugs. The NNbar is the only tube that, in the beginning, will house the “NN-bar adapter”, formed by three neutron guide tubes. All of them will be part of the monolith vessel; one of the main systems of the target station.

This adjudication opens to Ensa the opportunity to work with this client for the first time and to participate in the construction of the most powerful neutron source in the world. The installation of ESS will serve to discover and to develop new materials that will have applications in numerous sectors: pharmacology, industrial manufacturing, aerospace, telecommunications, energy, transport and biotechnology.

Ensa participates in SOLECOM project to look for more efficient solutions in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials

Maliaño, April, 17, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participates, within a consortium established by INGECID and the University of Cantabria Research organization; GITECO, in the SOLECOM project,  financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and European Fund for regional development , to look for new more efficient solutions  in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials.

The objective of the project is the development of a system for the storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants. Overcome this challenge of designing and manufacturing metal casks, with several competitive advantages over other existing in the market, the next phase is to adapt the knowledge acquired to the design of a cask of ‘canister’ type concrete and apply it to both fuel storage of Spanish plants as well as any power plant that works with this system, which will provide the nuclear industry with a more efficient solution and improve the long-term storage security through Spanish technology.

Due to the diversity of spent nuclear fuel management strategies in the world, the concrete cask “canister” type are very demanded, why the importance of this new project of I+D+I to find a more efficient cask.

Ensa successfully completed the installation of five racks at the Olkiluoto plant in Finland

Maliaño, April 12, 2019- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E successfully completed the installation of five racks in the spent fuel pools of the KPA storage building of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland.

The Cantabrian company installed the first four racks in the plant in 2014 and this work has been recently completed with the installation of five new racks for the expansion of the pools. These last «internlock» racks, Ensa’s own design, were supplied last year and finally, they have been installed in underwater installation conditions. The works, coordinated by the owner of the Teollisuuden Voima Oyj plant and supervised by Ensa, have been executed with the tools that the company based in Maliaño had supplied in the first installation and within the established schedule.

Ensa has extensive experience in the design, manufacture and installation of fuel storage equipment among which are the racks. Since 1993, it has supplied a total of 38,941 cells that are installed in all the Spanish plants and many others in China, South Korea, Finland, Taiwan and France. All designs have been developed following the highest quality standards, according to the demands of their clients.

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.