EDF UNIE is our latest acquired client for whom we perform study of piping systems in order to produce a catalogue of readily available spare parts.
Carlos Costa is one of our latest recruits, straight out of Arts et Metiers Paristech where he studied a degree in mechanical (specialised in fluids and rotating machines). “Having done two internships during my studies: one in piping the construction of piping installations and the other in piping materials, it was only logical that I would continue on that route” he explains over a lunch delicious see bass “Now this is my first job and I am really enjoying it”
EDF UNIE, part of DPN (Direction de Production Nucléaire) is responsible for the efficient running and maintenance of the French nuclear infrastructure. They periodically stop the plants to service them and have noticed that on some occasions, certain pipes were affected by corrosion and erosion and therefore needed changing. “The problem”, he explains, “is that it takes time for the spare parts to get produced and delivered and that every day that one power station is closed costs EDF 1 million euros!!! Although it’s a leading energy super power, EDF cannot afford to waste that kind of money but if a list were created to determine what spare parts should be available, then the operation of part changing would be optimised in time and the costs considerably reduced”
Tebodin Peters Engineering France’s technical expertise and specialisation combined with Carlos s theoretical and hands on know-how in piping construction and engineering provides the perfect solution to this problem and so, our partnership begun. Using BRT Cicero (EDFs own computer program) Carlos studies the secondary circuit piping network for all the nuclear power stations(backed by our study office) and form that study creates a list of optimal versatile parts that could be used in case changes are needed. The parts then being readily available, this allows them to be replaced in minimum time.
“It’s a very interesting job and has a lot of future” he admits with enthusiasm.” Indeed, although nuclear fusion will be the next source of nuclear energy, it will take decades before it gets to the operating phase.” In the meantime there are 58 operating reactors in the French fleet as well as one EPR being built, all of which need maintenance work to be performed. TPEF with all its experience excels in this type of engineering and is gradually building itself and increasingly important place on this market.
Michaël Xavier HENRY