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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, machining applications, nuclear 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: nuclear decommissioning, power plant maintenance, flange facing

Reducing the cost of nuclear decommissioning through portable machines

Posted by Simon Pownall on Feb 18, 2015 10:22:00 AM


Nuclear energy continues to be a controversial subject. In the face of cheap shale gas, falling oil prices, plus the dangers highlighted by the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the benefits versus the risks of nuclear energy are still playing out.

There are 338 nuclear reactors worldwide, with almost 25% built before 1980, there are serious considerations to make not only for a replacement fuel source as the reactor reaches the end of its life, but also the cost of decommissioning to make the reactor safe for future generations.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, clam shell cutters

Completing nuclear decommissioning with a CNC gantry milling machine

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM


Mirage Machines recently worked with a customer in the UK to help complete a nuclear decommissioning project.

A bespoke gantry milling machine with automated tool changing was created by Mirage which also included drive gearboxes, spindles and linear milling rails with high precision ball screws for repeatability and positional requirements.

The CNC controlled machine was also versatile for use in restricted access areas, and included combined machining applications such as pocket milling, drilling and tapping.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, gantry milling machine

Mirage attends NDA Supply Chain Conference and RenewableUK

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 14, 2014 12:30:00 PM

The Mirage team has been out and about at key industry events this month.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, wind turbine blade repair



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