INVAP experience in this market

INVAP S.E. (Argentine state-owned applied research company) has been devoted to the development of nuclear technology for more than three decades. During this time, its teams of specialists have worked on the construction, maintenance and optimization of more than fifteen nuclear reactors worldwide.

Montaje del tanque reflector del reactor OPAL, Australia, noviembre 2005

Sustainable research reactor

Research reactors play a crucial role in providing essential materials to the branch of medicine known as nuclear medicine. Over 10,000 hospitals worldwide use radioisotopes for medical treatments produced by research reactors. Nearly 90% of these treatments are designed to diagnose diseases. Every year, more than 45 millions of treatments and studies are carried out with technetium-99m, the radioisotope generally used for diagnosis. Besides, the use of radioactive tracers in diagnosis is growing at a rate of more than 10% per year.

INVAP provides research reactors and turnkey , plants for radioisotope production so that suppliers of nuclear medicine products who are its customers may fulfill their commitments and comply with the high standards of the international pharmacopoeia. The OPAL reactor, in Australia, is a clear example. It was designed to increase the volume of radioisotope production and fully comply with the quality requirements imposed by the norms of this market.

 

Integrated development, global scope

Building modern facilities for the OPAL research reactor, in Sydney, Australia, which was the result of an intense collaborative work with the renowned Australian architecture studio Cox Richardson, is only part of what INVAP is doing. Its activities include design services ranging from highly specialized engineering of the reactor core to the assessment of the dynamic behavior of structures during seismic activity. They also cover the overall management of the reactor, neutron beams and radiation shielding design, as well as the development and engineering of the reactor’s protection and shutdown systems, the cooling system of the core and the state-of-the-art electronic complex device that controls the operations of the whole facility.

The wide range of services provided by INVAP as regards the design and development of nuclear projects shows that the company fully understands the complex interactions among nuclear facilities, its workers, its owners, the environment protection and the community. In this respect, INVAP’s major goals are operational efficiency, the wellbeing and safety of workers and their environment, and the strict compliance with regulations. The company’s whole design philosophy and its traditional culture based on knowledge-sharing ensure productive professional relations with its customers all over the world and a holistic conception involving all design disciplines.

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From planning to implementation

Nuclear projects carried out by INVAP involve the complex task of drafting the previous specifications for a particular reactor, its planning and likely applications, consultation concerning the environmental impact or site analysis and, finally, its design, building, assemblage and implementation. In some cases, INVAP also provides tailor-made design services, such as the core fuel management for Egypt’s ETRR-2 reactor or the renewal and modernization of nuclear equipment for nuclear reactors in Romania and Libya.

Nuclear projects are highly complex and require the teamwork of many specialists and the use of sophisticated equipment. INVAP has wide experience in conducting multidisciplinary design and building teams and has proved to be a highly capable company which guarantees the successful completion of the projects while meeting the established deadlines and sticking to the budgets agreed with its customers. The OPAL reactor built in Sydney, Australia, is a case in point. INVAP has also global experience and leadership capability to deal with large groups of subcontractors, suppliers and advisers from different nations. These potentialities are enhanced by a solid management structure that allows the company to meet the large number of logistic, commercial and contractual requirements associated with its projects.