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Assystem UK Graduate Engineer receives second IMechE Award!

Assystem’s Graduate EC&I Engineer, Anita Crompton, receives yet another prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award.

Anita was one of six engineering students from Lancaster University to receive an IMechE award for their engineering projects, these awards are presented annually to reward academic excellence.

Anita was nominated by Lancaster University’s Engineering department and was presented with the ‘Best Student Certificate’ Award for achieving the highest marks in Mechatronic Engineering. The prestigious award was presented by Dr Euan Mason, a representative from IMechE.

Adding to the collection, Anita was previously presented with the IMechE ‘Best Project Award’ in 2013 whilst in her third year of university, for designing and building a computer control scanning platform and collimator for a neutron detector to support digital mixed-field radiation imaging.

Commenting on the award, Anita said “I was delighted to receive this award. As a mature student I wanted to make the most of my time at university and I think this shows I have done that.”

DSC_0309 (Crompton 1)Image: Anita being presented with her IMechE ‘Best Student Certificate’ Award from Dr. Euan Mason


Assystem steps up its development in the Arabian Gulf

· Completion of the acquisition of Radicon Gulf Consult in Saudi Arabia
· New engineering contract for more than 220 buildings between Mecca and Medina for the Saudi Interior Ministry

Al Khobar, January 16, 2015 – Assystem announced today that it had completed the acquisition of 75% of the Saudi engineering company Radicon Gulf Consult (Radicon). Ali K. Al-Harbi, founder of the company, retains a 25% stake in Radicon.

As part of its effort to support local investment by international companies in order to develop the national economy and recruit Saudi personnel, the Saudi authorities gave their approval for the transaction at the end of last year. Radicon’s knowledge of the market and expertise, combined with Assystem’s skills in project management and engineering, strengthen the abilities of both companies to
seize opportunities related to the country’s many infrastructure projects.

Already, Assystem and Radicon won a joint tender with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior, worth €5 million. The contract covers the engineering for more than 220 buildings such as workshops, offices, sports centres, theatres, restaurants, in an area of 10,000 m2 spread over six locations between Mecca and Medina. It forms part of the “King Abdullah Project for Security Forces” (KAP) investment
programme to improve safety conditions and accommodation for pilgrims visiting the sites of Mecca and
“This first significant contract won jointly by Assystem and Radicon demonstrates our complementary skills as well as the region’s development potential,” says Stéphane Aubarbier, Executive Vice President, Energy & Infrastructure, Assystem.

This acquisition of the 400-person engineering company based in Saudi Arabia in Al Khobar and Riyadh enables Assystem to double the size of its footprint in the Arabian Gulf region, and gain market share in the infrastructure, energy and transportation sectors.

Assystem has been present in the Gulf since 2011, through its participation in the UAE nuclear programme and its technical assistance subsidiary, MPH Global Services. The company’s Energy & Infrastructure division has been based in Dubai since September 2013. The acquisition of Radicon forms part of its international development strategy.

Calls for nuclear safety probe over station faults

EDF Torness power station.

Torness is one of 15 nuclear power stations across the UK that have been forced to shut down due to faults over the last three years – with campaigners calling for an urgent review into the reliability of nuclear energy.

Analysis for local councils revealed that 15 reactors have had 62 unplanned shut-downs since 2011, with Torness near Dunbar forced to close twice last year due to the build-up of seaweed clogging the plant’s filters.

The research – which was carried out by Edinburgh-based nuclear consultant Pete Roche – found plants hit by a range of faults including cracks and electrical, boiler and valve defects.

And now the 50-strong group of local authorities who commissioned the report are raising fears over safety and the UK’s future energy supply.

Manchester councillor Mark Hackett, who chairs the group, said: “I call upon the UK Government, the National Grid and the nuclear regulators to urgently review the safety issues around such a large number of unplanned shutdowns.

“The Government also has to prioritise alternatives over the next 12 months to ensure the unreliability of nuclear power does not lead to the lights going off around the country.”

Dungeness nuclear power station in Kent had to be shut down 21 times between 2012 and 2014.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

Assystem, Cegelec, Spretec bag €20m Cigéo Contract

Assystem, Cegelec, Spretec bag €20m Cigéo Contract

Cigéo, the  Industrial Centre for Geological Storagein France, alongside site manager ANDRA, has selected nuclear waste management specialist Assystem together with Cegelec and Spretec to carry out high-level studies followed by the detailed design of the technical procedures for the transfer and handling of the waste packages. This four-year contract is worth €20m, said Assystem.

The Cigéo site has been designed to deep-store the most radioactive French waste produced by all existing nuclear facilities, until they are decommissioned, and by processing spent fuel used in nuclear power plants.

According to an Assystem statement, the purpose of these studies is to specify the industrial project for developing the application for authorising storage.

“Although the project is planned to last more than 100 years, the first five months of studies are paramount and must confirm the industrial feasibility of the project,” said Laurent Doher, Cigéo Project Manager for Assystem.

He continued: “The work involved matches Cigéo’s national and international commitments. As an engineering company, Assystem is also tasked with providing the necessary roadmap for our industrial partners so that we can put forward the best technical and economic solution.”

As an independent nuclear technology specialist in Europe for the last 45 years, Assystem generates 20% of its turnover in the nuclear sector and employs 1,500 experts.

Source: Nuclear Energy Insider 

PRESS RELEASE: Assystem and F4E: a new step for the ITER Nuclear Fusion project

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Assystem and F4E: a new step for the ITER Nuclear Fusion project

Assystem and its partners to deliver high tech remote handling system for ITER divertor

Paris, 4 June, 2014 – Assystem, a leading innovation and engineering consultancy, has signed a multimillion contract with Fusion for Energy (F4E) – the EU organisation responsible for Europe’s contribution to ITER. This contract, expected to run up to seven years, focuses on the ITER Divertor Remote Handling system. It confirms Assystem’s position as a key engineering partner within the ITER project, the biggest international energy project which is under construction in Cadarache, in the South of France.

The Divertor is a key component of the ITER machine. Located at the bottom of the vacuum vessel, its function is to extract impurities from the plasma, in effect acting like a giant exhaust system. The Divertor Remote Handling systems include the equipment required to safely and reliably position as well as extract each of the 54 removable cassettes within the Divertor. Remote handling is widely used in space exploration missions, underwater or ground operations. The system brings together high tech robotics, advanced technological tools, powerful computers and virtual reality platforms. A high level of intuition and intelligence are inbuilt within the system which is handled by a human operator with extreme dexterity because of the degree of millimetric precision that is required.

Since 2009, Assystem has been heavily involved in the concept design phase of the various types of remote handling equipment that will be required to install, maintain, and recover the diverse components of the ITER Tokamak during its operational life.


A wealth of expertise in fusion energy

For Assystem, this contract confirms the Group’s dedication and commitment to the international fusion energy project. It also demonstrates the company’s leading edge competencies in nuclear engineering, and its capacity to bring together the best-in class skills and partners for a specific project. Assystem and its partners – Culham Centre Fusion for Energy (CCFE), Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) – have successfully collaborated to offer a wealth of expert fusion energy knowledge that will drive innovation and meet the uniquely challenging requirements of the ITER project.

The Assystem led team brings a distinctive combination of skills and experience which provides F4E access to the extensive nuclear remote handling capability available from within Assystem. CCFE’s substantial fusion energy experience and expertise includes operating the largest Toroidial Fusion reactor in the world. VTT/TUT have extensive research & development experience of the ITER Divertor Remote Handling systems and equipment. The experienced engineering team is perfectly complemented with SMD’s bespoke large scale remote handling manufacturing capability.

The assembled team provides a winning combination of comprehensive technical understanding with world-class innovative manufacturing capability. As leader, Assystem is fully committed to the successful delivery of the challenging requirements of the ITER machine Divertor Remote Handling programme.

Commenting on the award, Peter Higton, Assystem’s Energy & Infrastructure Managing Director for the UK, who has led the team effort, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected for this prestigious project. We have an established offering in fusion energy and this award is recognition that our capabilities and reputation for delivering high standards of innovative engineering, quality and safety are valued by our customers. We look forward to working with F4E and our partners to deliver these remote handling high tech components.”

F4E Director, Professor Henrik Bindslev, explained that “this contract is a turning point for ITER’s remote handling system because it will lead us to production mode. We have managed to bring together industry, fusion laboratories, SMEs and research centres under one contract that will unleash their potential and help them advance further in their domain”.

Assystem has been working with F4E for the ITER project since a first contract for nuclear safety engineering in 2005. In April 2010, the Assystem-led consortium, Engage, was awarded the Architect Engineer contract following an international tender. The Group also supports ITER for the design of the machine and the preparation of the assembly phase.

Assystem is an international Engineering and Innovation Consultancy. As a key participant in the industry for more than 45 years, Assystem supports its customers in developing their products and managing their capital expenditure throughout the product life cycle. Assystem employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and reported €871 million in revenue in 2013. A leading European independent nuclear engineering specialist for 45 years, Assystem generates 20% of the Group’s total revenue in nuclear and employs 1,500 experts.

The Company is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris.

For more information: www.assystem.com

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Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER.
One of the main tasks of F4E is to work together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations to develop and provide a wide range of high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project. F4E supports fusion R&D initiatives through the Broader Approach Agreement signed with Japan and prepares for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).
F4E was created by a decision of the Council of the European Union as an independent legal entity and was established in April 2007 for a period of 35 years.

Its offices are in Barcelona, Spain.



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Sellafield Ltd decommissioning team surpass safety record

Sellafield Ltd decommissioning team surpass safety record


Since reaching three million safe hours in 2013, the Sellafield Ltd decommissioning team have continued to uphold their impressive safety record by surpassing 4.5 million man hours worked without a Lost Time Accident (LTA).

There are more than 2,000 employees and contractors employed in West Cumbria carrying out decommissioning work on the Sellafield site. In the last year they’ve demolished buildings, stripped out plants, retrieved wastes, installed new kit, operated and maintained many facilities and made progress on decommissioning high priority facilities, all whilst staying committed to delivering a strong nuclear safety culture.

Head of decommissioning safety Mark Sarrington said: “On the 31st January 2014 it was exactly one year on since the last day’s away case, which for a division with more than 2,000 people and the variety of work taking place is a significant achievement.

“There are a few things that have contributed to our safety record including having Manager in Field Programmes to reinforce the standards for safe working. We have been encouraging managers and team leaders to talk to their teams about safety and explain the importance of their safety to them and to try and remove barriers to safe working.

“We’ve also had nearly 1,200 people attend MoveSMART training, an occupational injury prevention programme that has helped improve employee’s posture and balance. Also, potential accidents or near misses are promptly followed up by line managers, who visit the scene, investigate and offer help to those involved.”

Jack DeVine, Sellafield Ltd Chief Decommissioning Officer said: “Achieving one year without an LTA is an enormous accomplishment that has never been done before.

“The fundamental idea that everyone who comes to work goes home as healthy as they came to work is something that we all strive for and to be able to do that in this environment, with the type of challenges we face day in and day out just speaks for itself.

“However, we’ve still got a big clean-up job to do and we must not take our eye off the ball.”

Source: Sellafield Sites

UK gets carte blanche to expand nuclear power, fracking under new EU energy goals

UK gets carte blanche to expand nuclear power, fracking under new EU energy goals

Wind turbines are seen at Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the Kent coast in southern England (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)
Wind turbines are seen at Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the Kent coast in southern England (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

New energy goals set out by the European Union for 2030 will allow Britain to meet emissions targets by building more nuclear power plants instead of wind farms and expand fracking operations, despite criticism by green campaigners.

The European Commission has proposed a new target for 2030 across the EU – to provide 27 percent of energy from renewable sources. Each country will decide for itself how to meet the target in order to limit rising energy costs. The commission decided not to introduce any laws on environmental damage during the extraction of shale gas by the potentially dangerous drilling process known as fracking.

Read the full article here http://rt.com/news/nuclear-power-wind-farms-077/

Source: rt.com