Entradas

Satisfactory participation of Ensa in Patram 2019

Maliaño, the 14th of August 2019.- For Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E its participation in the 19th edition of Patram 2019, the international symposium on packages for the transport of radioactive materials held in New Orleans, has been highly satisfactory.

The state company based in Maliaño had a good visibility thanks to its stand which has allowed more potential customers to know the ENUN technology that it has developed through the design, licensing, manufacturing and loading campaigns of these casks for the storage and transportation of spent fuel.

Alejandro Palacio and Guillermo Calleja gave two presentations in which they developed different aspects of the ENUN casks. On the one hand, Palacio explained Ensa’s role in the fuel transport tests implemented in the ENUN 32P with the Sandia National Labs in 2017 through his presentation “Logistics preparation for the Multi-Modal Surrogate Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Test using the ENUN 32P cask” and Calleja reviewed the origin of the ENUN, as well as its current status and situation with “ENUN Cask – A successful history”.

This fair has meant for Ensa an excellent chance to show its products, capabilities and services of spent fuel management to numerous customers and demonstrate that it is at the forefront of the technique in the world of casks.

Success of the second session of the “Final Design Review” for the welding of ports of the Vacuum Vessel of the ITER in Cadarache

Maliaño, the 9th of August 2019.- The presentation and defense of the second package of systems and procedures developed by Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M. E within the project of welding of sectors and ports of the vacuum chamber for the International Experimental Thermonuclear Reactor was celebrated successfully. On this occasion, the theme of the session was focused on the welding of “splice plates” of the ports of the fusion reactor .

The overall assessment was very favorable according to the Court’s evaluation, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of technical managers and experts from different areas of the ITER.

The third documentary package is being prepared and its delivery is scheduled for next September.

Ensa participates in PATRAM 2019

Maliaño, August the 5th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participates in the XIX edition of PATRAM 2019; the international symposium on packaging and transport of radioactive materials held from August 4 to 9 in New Orleans, United States.

Organized by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and the World Nuclear Transport Institute, it is sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Transportation.

Every 3 years PATRAM provides to the representatives of industry, administrations and research organizations around the world the opportunity to meet and exchange information on different aspects of safe conditioning and transport of radioactive materials.

For the state company based in Maliaño, this event is also an excellent opportunity to show its products, capacities and fuel management services to numerous potential customers.

Ensa concludes successfully the electropolishing of a steam generator in France

Maliaño, 24th of July 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E completed successfully the electropolishing of a new steam generator ND 1300 at the Framatome facilities in Saint Marcel, France.

This is the sixth steam generator that the state company places in Maliaño makes to the French company. The first one was carried out in 2017, five more during 2018 and with this one the current order is concluded. Ensa is already preparing to electropolish another 8 steam generators also for Framatome but this time at its facilities in Cantabria.

The electropolishing of the channel head is carried out at the end of its manufacture, before the hydraulic test and aims to soften the microstructural irregularities of the surface to avoid the fixation of radioactive contamination during the service life of the equipment allowing the reduction of the operational dose rate during the maintenance interventions.

The surface treatment consists on two phases: a mechanical polishing by grinding with 7 different grains and an electrochemical polishing with current in an acid medium. The works are completed with the performance of the required controls, during and at the end of the process: visual examinations, roughness measurement, take of surface replicates for its later visualization in a scanning electron microscopy, cleaning verification and control of foreign objects.

Ensa has done these works with its subsidiary Enwesa.

 

Ensa and Shanghai Electric sign an agreement to enhance their collaboration in the Chinese nuclear market

Maliaño, July the 4th, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares SA, SME and the nuclear group of Shanghai Electric Corporation signed an agreement to continue and expand their collaboration in the Chinese nuclear market that includes the manufacture of main components for nuclear power plants and other equipment related to spent fuel and services in plant.

In recent months both companies have been working on the definition of a renewed collaboration agreement that was finally signed at the facilities that the state company has in Maliaño. In the coming months, both will work to materialize in contracts the efforts made to date.

Ensa was represented by a delegation led by its president, José David Gomila; its general director, Rafael Triviño; its director of Projects, Miguel Ángel Andérez; its director of Business Development, María Vega and its Commercial Nuclear director, José M. Zubimendi. For its part, the Chinese delegation was headed by the vice president of SEC, Lv Yachen; the president of SENPGC, Shao Jianming; and his Commercial sub-director, Zhou Jie.

Strengthen their collaboration

The signing of this agreement strengthens, even more, the collaboration that began in the nineties. Ensa and SENPGC give great importance to this agreement, since it establishes the lines of collaboration in a common benefit and that will open up possibilities for joint development in China to explore future projects.

During the meeting, a review of the international nuclear market was made and possible joint actions were identified in order to face the current scenario.

Already last april a delegation of Spanish public companies, led by Ensa and Enusa, made a visit to China to strengthen the already existing collaboration between these countries in nuclear matters.

SEC is a Chinese multinational that manufactures electrical and power generation equipment. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of steam turbines and is also dedicated to the design, manufacture and sale of products that include, among others, power generation, transmission and distribution equipment and transformers.

The Board of Directors of Ensa visit the Maliaño facilities

Maliaño, July the 2nd  2019.- The Board of Directors of Ensa visited recently the facilities that the state company has in Maliaño.

The counselors attended the most current issues of the company and analyze future needs. They also had the opportunity to visit the Advanced Technology Center and the workshop, knowing first-hand the latest advances in the model 1: 1 of the ITER project , as well as the different manufacturing states in which some of the large components that Ensa designs and manufactures are such as steam generators and casks for storage and transport of spent fuel.

Chaired by the president of Ensa, José David Gomila, the Board of Directors is made up of: Miguel Miranda, Jaime Sánchez, Elena Pastor, José Manuel Prieto, Inmaculada Soto, Iciar Amorrortu , Valentín Dueñas, .Juan Antonio Tebar and Margarita Ruiz. Joaquín Gallardo, director of Legal Advice and Secretary of the Board, closes the organizational chart.

 

Address new challenges and technological needs, objective of the ninth annual meeting between Ensa and UC

Engineering design, environment and waste management or Technology 4.0 are some of the issues addressed in the joint session between Ensa technicians and UC researchers

 Santander, June 12, 2019.- Exploring new collaboration opportunities in order to address different technological challenges and needs is the objective of the ninth annual meeting held this morning between the University of Cantabria and Equipos Nucleares, S.A., S.M.E. at the company’s facilities in Maliaño.

Each year a conference is organized with the participation of more than twenty researchers and technicians who highlight the potential areas of collaboration in different areas of knowledge, related to economic and business issues; design engineering; environment and waste management; projects with manufacturing; o Technology 4.0, among others.

Ensa’s Project director, Miguel Ángel Andérez, expressed his interest in “continuing to celebrate these joint days in which we intend to continue the collaborations that have been maintained over the years.” He also highlighted the importance of “making known the work that the company does to the university and what the university can contribute to the company.”

The rector of the UC, Angel Pazos Carro, described as “a privileged” the relationship between the UC and Ensa at the time of “exchange knowledge, develop applied projects, as well as to take advantage of the possibilities in both research and training.” For the rector, the meeting held today is on the way of “putting knowledge at the service of Ensa and at the same time, that Ensa can transmit its application needs to the university” and therefore, it is an “example of what that it has to be the transfer of knowledge technology between university and company”, he said.

For his part, the vice rector of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Javier Léon, pointed the close collaboration between UC and Ensa that serves to “put Ensa technicians in contact with UC researchers and meet their needs”.

Ensa strengthens ties with a delegation of the Wales Government and the Wales Nuclear Forum

Maliaño, 20th of may 2019. – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E received representatives from the Wales Administration, the Wales Nuclear Forum and 8 companies from the country that develop their activity in the nuclear sector. In this second meeting with the Government of Wales and the WNF, the state company based in Maliaño had the opportunity to strengthen ties and exchange ideas for future collaborations. Throughout an intense day, Ensa announced the main projects in which it is currently immersed and identified more specific lines of collaboration.

Within the framework of this meeting, the CINC and the WNF subscribed a collaboration agreement signed by its presidents, María Vega – also director of Business Development of Ensa – and P.J. Cornish, which establishes cooperation channels between both and the bases to work together to favor the presence of these clusters in the nuclear market between Cantabria and Wales.

This meeting and the agreement signed are part of the strategy of the CINC to collaborate internationally with different agents of the nuclear industry, develop promotion and integration actions with other national or international clusters that favor the increase of opportunities to its associated companies.

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.

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.