Viesgo, the company operating the Los Barrios thermal power plant, has awarded Tecnatom a contract for the diagnosis of the facility’s motor-operated valves.
Tecnatom has an organisation that specialises in the diagnosis of valves (motor and air-operated and check valves) and that continuously renders such services to the nuclear sector. In recent years, Tecnatom has performed valve diagnosis during refuelling outages at the Laguna Verde (Mexico), Angra (Brazil) and Tihange (Belgium) plants and at all the Spanish nuclear power plants, and has also supplied diagnosis technology to the Dukovany (Slovakia) and Loviisa (Finland) plants. Synergies with other sectors allow this kind of intervention to be carried out at facilities of different types, with this being the first campaign in the conventional thermal sector.
The Los Barrios thermal plant is located in the Spanish province of Cádiz and has a rated power output of 567 MWe. Viesgo, the plant owner company, is carrying out an investment project amounting to more than 65 million Euros for maintenance and updating of the plant systems, the aim being to position the facility at the forefront in Europe.