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International nuclear workshop at Beele Engineering
New and sustainable energy types are increasingly taking the spotlight as supplies of fossil fuels diminish rapidly. Beele Engineering wants to continue playing a significant role in these markets. This is already the case in the wind energy market, where the company’s products are used for offshore wind farms, among others. The nuclear industry is also interested. A delegation of engineers from the TVO and Fortum nuclear power plants in Finland and Tractebel in Belgium recently visited the Dutch company. tvo_finland_small.jpg

This successful nuclear workshop is a precursor to the workshops and core sessions to be held in Sealing Valley which is currently under construction. This Centre of Excellence will combine knowledge transfer, research, development, testing, education and training in one campus-like environment.

The recent workshop focused on applying the systems which Beele Engineering has developed specially for the nuclear market. All the required tests have now been completed successfully.

Beele Engineering has been involved in the nuclear industry for many years. Back in 2009 the company from Aalten in the Netherlands provided the Finnish nuclear power operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) with fire-resistant watertight transit systems for the TVO power stations. In addition to being fire-resistant, the systems are also resistant to gas and smoke and are watertight, to prevent accidents such as occurred at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011.

To serve the market optimally, last year Beele Engineering expanded its organisation further by appointing a Finnish employee. This employee has the required local knowledge, linking it seamlessly to Beele Engineering’s global know-how and expertise.

Beele Engineering argues strongly for improved safety in power plants worldwide. Training and certifying the installers is vitally important to this end, for instance through an independent institute like KIWA Nederland and annual refresher courses. This training and education applies not just for fire-resistant transits, but also for watertight ones.