The Cluster of the Nuclear Industry of Cantabria celebrated the working day “Current situation, challenges and future prospects in the Nuclear Industry”
Maliaño, 18th of march 2019.- The opening, held at the Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria, was by the responsibility of Icíar Amorrortu, general director of SODERCAN, as part and driving force of the Cluster.
María Vega, Business Development director at Equipos Nucleares S.A, S.M.E (Ensa) and president of CINC, presented the Activities Report 2018, highlighting the growth and maturity of the Cluster that is now in a stage of great activity aimed at its three main strategic pillars: promotion, R + D + i and internationalization. As a proof of this, it was the three presentations that took place during the day.
Next, José Antonio Gago, manager of ANAV, the company that operates the Ascó 1 and 2 and Vandellós II nuclear power plants, described the current situation and prospects of the nuclear market with a clear and practical approach. In it, he highlighted the positive message about the sector at the international level and the great synthesis of how the sustainability of the market is resolved, understanding this as the overcoming and the demystification of the four challenges in terms of assuring the supply of raw material unrelated to the geopolitical problems, the overcoming of the technical limitations in the life of the plants over 40 years, the minimum environmental impact in terms of emissions and waste management and, finally, the economic viability leaving aside the tax rates.
Teresa Rodrigo, director of IFCA, approached the attendees to the event the large scientific facilities, where the contribution of companies is vital for the construction, operation and maintenance of them. In her speech she described the great national and international movement in the matter of particle accelerators, where the University of Cantabria, and the IFCA in particular, participate very actively.
Finally, as a demonstration of the international collaboration of the CINC Cluster, Ivan Baldwin, president of the Energy Cluster of Cumbria (UK), Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) showed the importance of this association in the British market, where in something more than 10 years has gone from four members to three hundred, this being an example of collaboration from the CINC, which opens up access to new opportunities and knowledge of other markets for the Cantabrian member companies of the Cluster.