Enusa and Tecnatom have signed a new general collaboration framework agreement relating to different areas of the nuclear fuel cycle. This agreement, which consolidates the close collaboration between the two companies, brings continuity to activities performed jointly by them over the years.
Through this new agreement, Enusa and Tecnatom continue their technological alliance in specific areas such as the development and commercialisation of fresh and irradiated fuel inspection equipment, the rendering of irradiated fuel inspection services at international level and integral plant refuelling outage services, the training of technicians and consulting in areas relating to the nuclear fuel cycle and safety.
Within this framework, the two companies consolidate a relationship that began more than 20 years ago with the development of the SICOM equipment suite for the inspection of irradiated fuel, and which now covers multiple systems for the characterisation of key fuel parameters. The collaboration between a fuel manufacturer like Enusa and a technology company specialising in non-destructive testing, like Tecnatom, has already led to the supply of different equipment to a number of international companies, such as the two passive fuel scanners for INB (Brazil) and CONUAR (Argentina), equipment for the inspection of welds and the characterisation of fuel rod surfaces for YIBIN (China) and irradiated fuel inspection equipment for SNPI (China). In addition, irradiated fuel inspection services have been provided at the Spanish nuclear power plants and at plants in Sweden, Finland, Belgium and China.
Through this agreement the companies extend their field of collaboration to other areas and hope to intensify their international activity in all matters relating to nuclear fuel, both during the manufacturing phase and in fuel characterisation once irradiated.