Nuclear-powered submarine will be Nuclep's highlight at NavalshoreNuclear-powered submarine will be Nuclep's highlight at Navalshore

During Latin America’s largest trade show for the shipbuilding and offshore industry, Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados will showcase other recent activities, such as the manufacture of the third condenser for the Angra 3 nuclear power plant and manufacturing projects for electric and wind power transmission towers

Completing the demands of existing contracts in the medium and long term and extending contracts in the oil & gas sector are the priorities of Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (Nuclep) – a company focused on four segments: defense, energy, nuclear and oil & gas. “We currently have active contracts in each of these sectors, which is very important for the industrial and strategic development of our country,” Rear Admiral Carlos Henrique Silva Seixas, who also heads Nuclep, told Portos e Navios.

“With a lot of dedication and work, we have managed to increase the number of existing contracts, opening up a range of possibilities for the growth of Nuclep, a huge and strategic company for Brazil’s nuclear and defense sectors,” he added.

Once again, the company will be present at Navalshore, the largest trade show for the naval and offshore industry in Latin America.

During the exhibition, Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados will showcase its latest work, such as the nuclear submarine project, which promises to revolutionize the history of the Brazilian defense sector.

“We are fabricating section 40 of the nuclear reactor at the Nuclear Core Generation Laboratory (Labgene), which is the prototype – on a one-to-one scale – of what will be our Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine,” said Seixas.

According to him, by operating in the heavy boiler making segment, Nuclep has possibilities to make large naval projects, such as the resistant hulls of the submarines that it has already manufactured and, further ahead, the nuclear propulsion submarine.

“We are able to build the hulls of ships for our naval fleet. Who knows, maybe in the future we will be able to produce new submarines together with our partner Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN). Who knows, together we may even export submarines to ‘sister countries’. This possibility exists and, logically, it is not for tomorrow. But we have to study and dedicate ourselves to this,” commented the executive.

Other company activities

In the nuclear area, said the rear admiral of the Navy, Nuclep is finishing the third condenser of the nuclear power plant Angra 3: “Within this same segment, we have the prospect of signing – in short, medium and long term – a new contract with Eletronuclear, for the manufacture of heat exchangers for this plant, and install the equipment intended for it and that are in Nuclep.

In the oil and gas sector, the company has already fulfilled the contract with Franks International, for the welding of pipes that will be delivered to Petrobras. “In the energy area, we are working in the recently opened factory of metallic structures for energy transmission towers. We are specializing in manufacturing all types of transmission towers, whether they are electric or wind power towers. We are currently closing a contract that is already in the delivery phase. The most important thing is that our company is attentive and seeks to absorb the needs and demands of our country,” said the president of Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados.

Regarding the naval sector, he stressed that Nuclep is a member company of the Naval Technological Cluster of Rio de Janeiro, which brings together several companies with one purpose: to provide rapid growth of the naval industry. “We are going through a difficult time in this segment in Brazil. We have difficulties, however, they are consequences of the economic problems we have had recently. But we foresee a promising future for the sector and the Cluster will contribute so that we can integrate the industries, to become again a poignant naval industry in the world, as we were in the past. We have a very positive expectation that, in the near future, this area will recover and resurface with a lot of strength, because we have a lot of potential for this,” analyzed Seixas.

By Marjorie Avelar – Portos e Navios *** Translated by the DEFCONPress Team ***

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