Tecnatom has formed an alliance with AMEC Foster Wheeler, Element Materials Technology and TUV Rheinland to offer Equipment Qualification (EQ) and Materials Qualification (MQ) services for nuclear sites in the UK and Europe.
Together the four companies, which individually already support many power plants and other nuclear licensed sites around the world, have formed the EQ Services Alliance (EQSA) so that customers can benefit from their vast collective global experience, specialist testing facilities and qualification expertise.
Francisco Javier Guerra, Chief Executive Officer at Tecnatom, said:
“The capabilities of the four companies will provide high added value to our customers concerning their EQ and MQ needs”.
Examples of services offered by EQSA include design support, materials selection, desktop/physical analysis, operating experience, ageing and thermodynamic accident conditions/design basis event testing (such as loss-of-coolant accident), seismic testing, CE marking test and certification, accelerated ageing tests on materials and equipment and testing for mechanical and corrosion resistance.
Qualification of equipment is essential for safety in nuclear power plants and involves detailed checks to ensure that components have the capability to perform designated functions on demand for the design life of the plant, including under accident or seismic conditions.