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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 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.

 

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 its robotic welding systems

Maliaño, 30th of Mayo, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E continues successfully executing robotic welds for the ITER project .

Recently they have been completed, thanks to the good performance of the Manufacturing area in the use of the systems developed in the Advanced Technology Center , the complex unions in several welding positions of components aimed at the manufacture of this project.

Robotic welding systems designed in the CTA, have achieved very satisfactory results, positioning the welding processes of the Cantabrian company as leaders in terms of quality and productivity.

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 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 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 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.