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Cooling the Nuclear fuel is one of the three basic safety functions of Nuclear Power Plants. The Fukushima accident send a clear message to each NPP operators, to verify the robustness of the cooling function against internal and external hazards for all facilities with residual heat generation and, if needed, to strengthen it on all levels of the defense-in-depth concept.
The CEZUS site in Ugine specializes in arc melting in vacuum and in hot forging of zirconium, hafnium, and titanium
The Ugine plant manufactures zirconium alloys from zirconium sponges coming from the CEZUS Jarrie facility, from recycled zirconium products and from scraps. These materials are melted, forged and shaped into billets, bars or extruded blanks. Other CEZUS facilities will transform these products into flat products and tubes. The plant’s annual capacity is 1200 metric tons of extruded blanks and 800 metric tons of billets.
Positioning of CEZUS Ugine in the Zirconium division.
The plants activities revolve around eight shops:
The products manufactured in Ugine include: