Press Release

Business expansion of the Fuel business unit with technology transfer project in Kazakhstan

March 22, 2018 | 1 min |
After a successful testing period by the end of last year and acceptance by the customer, the Lingen site (Germany, BU Fuel) is ready to ship a USW (Upset Shape Welding) machine*to Kazakhstan. This was part of an order for the BU Fuel to deliver some equipment for Ulba-FA, a fuel assembly manufacturing plant in Kazakhstan**.

Two other machines, the Vibrating Bench and the Gamma Scanner, are being finalized respectively by Romans site (France, BU Fuel) and Richland site (USA, BU Fuel) and will be shipped mid-2018 to Ulba-FA.

Thanks to this success, a follow-up contract has recently been signed with Ulba-FA for three additional items of equipment.

This new contract is a good opportunity for the Lingen site to expand its knowledge transfer and technology business. It also means good visibility in term of production load. Specifically, the three new ordered machines are:
  • a Helium Leak Detection Equipment. With this equipment the customer will be able to test the leak tightness of the fuel rods,
  • an Air-Blow-Down-Station. With this cleaning system, fuel elements are cleaned with air. This technology is already used in Romans, France,
  • various transfer-tables used to transport fuel rods from one equipment to another.

Jürgen Krämer, Manager of Lingen`s technology department underlined: “The follow-up orders from Kazakhstan are an important step towards reaching our targeted business expansion with Technology Transfer. Furthermore, these additional orders indicate that the customer is very satisfied with the first cooperation.”

The projects are starting immediately as Ulba-FA has requested very short lead times. OTD will be a challenge as the finalization and deliveries are expected by mid-2019.

 

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Framatome is an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and value added technologies for the global nuclear fleet. With worldwide expertise and a proven track record for reliability and performance, the company designs, services and installs components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants. Its more than 14,000 employees work every day to help Framatome’s customers supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical low-carbon energy.

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