JUAN DE DIOS SÁNCHEZ
Aging Management at Iberdrola, Nuclear Support Department, C.N.Cofrentes.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ANT INTERNATIONAL GOES A LONG WAY BACK
My background is Chemical Engineering and almost all my professional career I have been linked to Cofrentes Nuclear plant. I participated in the plant’s startup tests, and joined the Chemistry group when the plant started its commercial operation. For more than 16 years I was responsible of Chemistry and Radiochemistry. In 2006 I moved to my present position in the Engineering Support Department.
The Iberdrola’s relationship with ANT International goes a long way back. It started with our Fuel Department but quickly extended into areas of fuel failure, water chemistry interaction with fuel, chemistry and materials, control rods evaluation etc. by means of seminars, training courses or specific studies.
We were always very satisfied with the results of these activities, as we found a perfect balance between the theoretical knowledge and explanation of the fundamental facts and their practical application. Therefore, when we were offered to participate in the LCC Programme we almost joined it without a doubt. The idea of gathering an important family of veteran experts to transmit their knowledge and experience in the areas where they developed the industry advances, and to provide a follow up of these matters, is simply splendid.
After six LCC Programme Memberships we have a very positive balance of our participation. We appreciate very much the yearly updates from the international meetings on materials, corrosion and chemistry. It is a very practical way to be informed about new research and experiences of what has been published. But even more interesting are the Special Topic Reports that are published annually by the LCC experts on different topics. This part of the programme provides a thorough approach of the specific matters, from the theoretical basis, its historical development, the application of the results and the most recent approach and, for some technologies it provides an independent view of advantages and disadvantages. The text and the clear and smart graphics make these Special Topics Reports of special value for training new personnel in these times when the plants are incorporating young engineers.