Working in the nuclear sector is reserved for highly specialized, structured companies that are able to evolve at the same pace as the industry. Equans is one of those companies.
For 50 years, Equans has been supporting major clients in their major projects, with an exceptional capacity for action supported by highly efficient operational teams. Active on nuclear sites, from construction to decommissioning and maintenance operations, Equans has a range of recognized specialties, both in the civilian and military fields. This ability to intervene on such a broad scale is a distinctive feature that Equans puts at the service of its clients.
In order to meet the challenges of its clients, Equans offers a wide and recognized range of expertise:
- nuclear electrical engineering, for the construction of nuclear installations and operations in nuclear environments,
- HVAC, nuclear ventilation and fluid processes,
- mechanical, piping and bending solutions for nuclear facilities,
- multi-technical maintenance services to improve the performance of nuclear processes,
- logistics and manufacturing of waste packaging,
- TCE projects - all trades works,
- dismantling, decontamination and support in complex environments,
- consulting and training in nuclear safety,
- multi-site facility management of aging nuclear installations,
- instrumentation, control and radiation protection.
Equans has a highly diversified territorial presence in France and abroad, with specialties by country:
Via the brands Ineo Nucléaire (electrical engineering, multi-technical integration and maintenance), Axima Nucléaire (HVAC, fluid treatment) and ECIA (engineering services), Equans France employs 2,000 people in the nuclear business, including 1,500 engineers. It also has 3 in-house training centres, 4 industrial workshops and test and maintenance platforms, and 2 R&D centres.
Equans Belgium employs 1,000 people in the nuclear business. Part of this team brings together expertise in mechanical piping and multi-technical services. But also, local work and services in decontamination and dismantling, nuclear safety, maintenance, electrical and ventilation. Another part has developed a unique expertise in the design and handling of specific packaging for the transport of nuclear fuels and waste. Equans Belgium also has in-house training centres as well as 4 industrial workshops and test and maintenance platforms, enabling it to mobilise up to 2,000 people on nuclear projects in important phases.
Equans UK employs 1000 people in the nuclear industry, mainly in facility management and in support of decommissioning and decontamination operations of nuclear facilities. For example, Equans UK oversees facility management for all EDF Energy's nuclear power plants, with teams involved in the maintenance of Sizewell nuclear power plant (EDF), the most modern in the UK.
Equans Netherlands employs 50 people in the nuclear sector, in mechanical and electrical maintenance, mainly at the Borssele nuclear power plant, in order to extend the long-term operation and safety standards at the plant. For example, the specialized maintenance team assists EPZ with opening and closing the reactor vessel during the fuel exchange and calibrates instruments. Equans provides project management, detailed engineering and execution. Some of the projects concern the replacement of the preheater, the conventional cooling water supply valves and machine transformer.
This organisation, which is close to the nuclear power plants, allows us to intervene quickly and efficiently. As an example, Equans succeeded in finding solutions to a critical technical issue for a nuclear client in less than 4 weeks, where a traditional project organization would have taken 3 times longer... Recognized for their efficiency, Equans' operational teams provide innovative and differentiated solutions to nuclear clients. All Equans entities have the certifications and qualifications required to work on nuclear sites, whether in the construction, operation or decommissioning phases.