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Collaboration Agreement Between ENSA and ENUSA for Spent Fuel Management

ENUSA and ENSA (Equipos Nucleares, S.A) have signed a collaboration agreement this week for the provision of services in the area of spent fuel management. The collaboration agreement signed between the two public enterprises belonging to the SEPI Group will enable both national and international nuclear power plant operators to simultaneously benefit from the experience of both companies. ENSA is the world’s leading nuclear component manufacturer with more than 20 years of experience in the design and manufacture of spent fuel casks, while ENUSA offers more than 40 years of experience in fuel design, manufacturing and handling and also in spent fuel inspection, characterization and processing. With this collaboration agreement, ENUSA and ENSA will offer an integrated package of services in a market with a growing demand for spent fuel management in Spain, Europe, China and the rest of the world. On the other hand, the two companies will cooperate more closely to comply with the specific demands of operators and the licensing requirements for prolonged storage and...

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One delegation from the Nuclear Safety Council visits ENUSA’s facilities

One delegation from the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) headed by the Member Ms. Cristina Narbona has met ENUSA’s representatives at the latter facilities in Salamanca for holding a Liaison Bureau between the regulator and the company. Yesterday Monday they visited the Facility at Saelices el Chico, in Ciudad Rodrigo, where the technician in charge of the site, Mr. Javier Ruiz, showed to the Council’s Members the restoration and surveillance works which are being carried out at the former mining facilities. This is one of the biggest environmental restoration project ever carried out in Spain and one of the most important in the European Union, with an envisaged budget of 150 M€. The visit was completed this morning at the factory of nuclear fuels which ENUSA has in Juzbado. During the visit, ENUSA’s Chairman, Mr. José Luis González, and the factory’s manager, Mr. Javier Montes, made a presentation about the Company and showed the facilities to the delegates. The Juzbado factory exported last year more than 70% of its production to nuclear power plants in Europe. This is the first time that Ms. Narbona pays a visit to ENUSA’s facilities, and both she and her companions showed a keen interest on having a firsthand knowledge about ENUSA’s activity, showing their satisfaction with what they had...

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The Juzbado Fuel Assembly Factory has conducted the annual emergency drill

A criticality accident after three drums of powder fall: the focus of the annual emergency drill at the Juzbado Factory As a result, four workers were exposed to irradiation and contamination. Once again, the drill has shown that the Enusa emergency organization and the available resources all function properly. This morning, the Juzbado fuel assembly factory has conducted the annual emergency drill, which took place between 10:30 and 12:00 hours. On this occasion, the recreated event has been a criticality accident that occurs because of the accumulation of nuclear material after three uranium oxide powder drums fall over and open. The event begins in the powder warehouse when a worker driving a forklift makes an abrupt maneuver and strongly hits two drums that were on a roller conveyor. Both drums fall down and open, spilling uranium powder. A third drum is left in an unstable position and also finally falls in the same area, thus causing a situation that results in a criticality accident. As a result, two workers are contaminated and irradiated and another two only irradiated. The personnel is evacuated from the facility and the four affected workers are cared for by the Enusa Medical Service. The criticality reaction stops by itself and at that moment the drill is declared at an end, with the facility returning to normality. The drill is one of the Juzbado Interior Emergency Plan requirements. This type of activity is periodically carried out in nuclear facilities to check the proper functioning of the Emergency Organization, the availability of resources and the coordination with the involved agencies. In this case, the drill has been conducted correctly and within the bounds of normality. For more information, see the Nuclear Safety Council website where this activity is...

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Training Visit of Madrid Professors to the Juzbado Factory

A group of secondary school teachers from the Autonomous Region of Madrid visited the Juzbado fuel assembly factory last week to take part in the Fuel Cycle Course organized by Nuclear Forum. Throughout the day, they learned about the manufacturing process – both the ceramics area where the uranium pellets are made, and the Mechanical area where the PWR and BWR fuel assemblies are put together. For the last part of the visit, they were taken on a tour outside the plant so they could learn about the most relevant aspects of ENUSA’s Environmental Management...

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The ENUSA GROUP Presents its Annual Report

In 2014 the earnings of this corporate group amounted to € 286 million The fuel assembly factory in Juzbado exported more than 70% to European nuclear power plants ETSA, the transportation subsidiary, handled almost 40,000 shipments of radioactive material EMGRISA, the Group’s environmental firm, opened an office in Peru as part of its internationalization process In a year when the public sector Transparency Act took effect, the Annual Report is a tool for awareness and reflection that characterizes the ENUSA Group and is one of our trademarks. The purpose of the Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance Act is to extend and strengthen the transparency of public activities, regulate and guarantee the right of access to information on those activities and establish the obligations to be observed by public officials. In 2014, ENUSA opened a Transparency Portal section on its website which makes information available to any interested party regarding the company business and including economic and financial data, corporate, organizational and regulatory information, etc. Transparency and credibility are necessary steps to be taken to consolidate Corporate Social Responsibility in the sense of gaining the trust of all stakeholders, including the market. Main Activities of the ENUSA Group in 2014 In 2014, the most important decision and one that will guide the development of ENUSA GROUP projects and activities, as well as maintain its market competitiveness, has been to definitively concentrate on its two business areas: nuclear and environmental. Consequently, the disinvestment of its subsidiary Molypharma has been completed and the companies remaining in the ENUSA GROUP are: ENUSA INDUSTRIAS AVANZADAS, S.A. and ETSA in the nuclear business, and EMGRISA as the Group’s environmental brand. The ENUSA GROUP, which in 2014 had 711 employees, has had a turnover of 286 million Euros in 2014, and its after-tax earnings have amounted to 4 million Euros. The Supply area of ENUSA, the Group’s parent company, has signed important enrichment services contracts that will guarantee the supply in the years to come. The output in 2014 of the Fuel Manufacturing area has amounted to 340 tons of uranium equivalent (tU), 70% of which has been exported to European power plants. The Juzbado Factory continues to improve the manufacturing process on an ongoing basis, with heavy investments in equipment and systems upgrades which in 2014 amounted to 3.7 million. The company is still working actively to boost its technological capabilities in the second part of the fuel cycle. On the other hand, the nuclear company carries on with its internationalization activities, and in 2014 the Salamanca-based firm has sold its first orders of fresh fuel inspection equipment to China and Brazil, operations which it trusts will be followed by many similar ones. ENUSA maintains its commitment to innovation through R&D projects. In 2014, 14 new research projects were undertaken, with an investment of six million Euros (€6 M) and a dedication equivalent to 30 researchers/year. The dangerous goods transportation company – ETSA – has carried 39,818 shipments of radioactive material and has signed an agreement with Biocarburantes de Castilla y León to be a transport operator. As for the Group’s environmental activities, EMGRISA became the environmental brand of ENUSA in 2014. The subsidiary, which focuses on industrial waste management and treatment of contaminated water and soils, has continued to internationalize by...

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The Technological Emergency Response Team of the Ministry of Defense has a training exercise in the Juzbado Factory

The practical training was organized in the framework of a series of educational visits to other nuclear facilities and plants in Spain. For the practical exercise, a vehicle and person decontamination station was set up, and the other resources used included an automatic robot to search for radioactive sources. Tuesday, the Specialized Unit for Technological and Environmental Emergencies (GIETMA), which belongs to the Ministry of Defense Military Emergency Unit (UME), visited the Juzbado factory for an intense training session that lasted all day. The purpose of this event, which was organized as part of a series of visits to Spanish nuclear plants and facilities, has been to train this unit for a possible support intervention at nuclear sites, which includes the ENUSA plant in Juzbado . Theoretical training in plant characteristics and practical exercise searching for radioactive sources The first part of the day focused on theoretical training in factory characteristics and risks related to criticality, radiological protection and safety in the transport of fissionable material, irradiated fuel and radioactive sources. This part was completed with a tour of the facility. Later there was a series of practical exercises, which consisted of searching for radioactive sources in the plant using manual detection systems and an automatic robot. The necessary materials and means were deployed to conduct these exercises, including a decontamination station for both vehicles and people. This station has a capacity of up to 400 people an hour. Both the ENUSA personnel and the Technological Emergency Response Team were very satisfied with this...

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