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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 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 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.

Ensa has done a new vibration test in the Ascó nuclear power plant

Maliaño, February the 21fst of 2019.- The Automatic department of the Advanced Technology Centre of Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has made a new test of vibrations in Ascó nuclear power plant in Tarragona to verify the correct state of the reactor coolant pumps.

As a part of the framework contract that the state company with head office/headquarters in Maliaño has signed with Westinghouse for the nuclear power plants of the National Association Ascó- Vandellós group it has been made the vibration measurements of the reactor coolant pumps during the beginning of plant cycle.

With these measures it was verified the correct state of the pumps after the servicing realized during the refuelling outage and also the needed calculations were made in anticipation of a scenery where balancing is necessary. The works were developed during the pressure and temperature rise of the plant until reaching nominal values.

Ensa participated in the Nordic Nuclear Forum 2019

Maliaño, February 19th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the Nordic Nuclear Forum 2019 in Hensilki, Finlandia. Leandro Sánchez from the Field Services, Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Area and Manuel Fajardo from the Marketing and Sales department, went to event on the part of the company.

During the meeting, several presentations were given by different companies and government representatives of European countries linked with the nuclear sector.

The state company located in Maliaño, had the opportunity to show their products and capacities in this scenery focusing on the exchange of information about actual topics of life cicle of nuclear energy.

ITER managers express their total confidence in the technical and organizational capacity of Ensa

Maliaño, November 22th, 2018.- Technical and engineering managers and the FIDIC engineer of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor responsible for the construction of the fusion reactor visited the facilities of Equipos Nucleares SA, SME to see first-hand the progress made in the project.

The impressions after the meeting have been positive since they transmitted their total confidence to the technical and organizational capacity of the Cantabrian company to complete the current development phase, to the security measures in the execution of the works and their interest in knowing the approaches Ensa technology for the complete assembly of sectors and ports of Vacuum Vessel.

The visit, framed in the usual monthly follow-up meetings, had exceptionally new participants of the highest level interested in verifying in situ the progress made in recent months.

During his stay various meetings were held, as well as visits to the works hops where this project is being worked on and the last two specific developments of the project were presented: Tooling for the semi-automatic positioning of splice plates in ports and the welding head for biscuits.

Ensa, within a group of technologists, winner of the “Secretary’s Honor Awards – Achievement Award”

The Cantabrian company was nominated in May 2018 for an R&D project on its ENUN32P cask.

Maliaño, 04 October 2018.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E in collaboration with other national and international technologists -Enresa and Enusa, the American laboratories: Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and several South Korean organizations , has finally won the “Secretary’s Honor Awards – Achievement Award” granted by the Department of Energy of the Government of the United States of America for an R&D project to study the behaviour of spent fuel elements transported in its ENUN 32P dual-purpose, storage and transport cask, and verify the calculations made during the design.

U.S. laboratory Sandia led this international data collection test during an eight-month triathlon to quantify the accelerations and vibrations and deformations experienced by uranium oxide rods from a simulated spent fuel element during transportation by rail, ship and truck. Its analysis revealed that the accelerations and deformations were well below the resistance limit of the irradiated fuel.

The award recognizes the contribution of this equipment to the benefit of U.S. society and represents the highest non-monetary recognition that can be received.

Other entities that have received this prestigious award have been the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA.