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The A to Z of nuclear power for on-site machinists

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 13, 2018 3:04:30 PM

Getting involved in portable machining projects within the nuclear power sector isn’t normally a quick and simple process. The unique nature of some projects (especially in nuclear decommissioning), the safety risks involved, getting security clearance, and the lengthy tender processes can be off putting to say the least.

But for those who do win the contracts, there’s plenty of familiar opportunities from on-site machining.

Away from the nuclear reactor, the fundamentals are pretty much the same as for fossil fuel power stations. There’s steam turbines to be maintained and plenty of pipe and flange joints to be kept safe and secure. 

So for those of you unfamiliar with the nuclear power sector and thirst for knowledge, we’ve put together an A to Z of the essentials. This is to give you a very basic introduction, so if you want to know more see the websites listed at the end of the article.

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Topics: portable machining, Decommissioning

On-site machining opportunities: Nuclear power plant project list

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 20, 2018 9:04:00 AM

 

Considering the negative media coverage over the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nuclear power is out of favour and is in a state of terminal decline. Whilst this may be the case in some countries, for many others, the ‘pros’ of reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions from fossil fuels outweighs the ‘cons’ of potential nuclear accidents.

This continued demand for new nuclear power plants combined with the need for decommissioning of older nuclear installations presents attractive on-site machining opportunities for contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some sizeable nuclear power projects you may be interested in.

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Topics: power plant maintenance, Decommissioning, Flange Facing

9 industry sector predictions every on-site machinist should know

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 16, 2018 1:31:32 PM

 

Mirage in-situ machining products are used for many different applications across a wide range of industry sector. That's why do our best to keep up to date with the latest industry trends and predictions. This not only helps us forecast demand for products, but also drives our product development, sales and marketing strategies.

So what does the future hold for the sectors that generate work for the on-site machinist? Take a look at some recent predictions we’ve found from various of sources below.

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Topics: Shipbuilding, Wind Power & Renewables, construction & mining, Oil and Gas Industry, Decommissioning

Using a portable band saw for subsea wellhead removal

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 8, 2017 7:37:37 AM

 

There are several different ways to sever a wellhead pipe as part of plug and abandonment project. Some of these include internal pile cutters, portable bandsaws, diamond wire saws, reciprocating pipe cutting saws and water jet cutting.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, Decommissioning

Types of steel every portable machine tool operator should know about

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 10, 2017 8:22:51 AM

 

The environment and conditions that oil and gas pipes, fittings and flanges are exposed to are diverse and extreme. The varying chemical composition of the gases and liquids, the extreme temperatures and physical demands mean that no single material is ideal for all purposes.

Read on to find out about the commonest types of steel used in the oil and gas industry and what they are used for.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, Decommissioning, Flange Facing

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