ECA Group delivers 3 inspection TV camera systems to be used by Axians in Orano's nuclear site in La Hague (France).
Within the cells with a high level of radiation of a nuclear reactor, the operators typically request a viewing system capable of both closely monitoring the operation itself and also surveying the whole cell environment.
For a long time, a solution to this request was the installation of a high radiation tolerant omnidirectional viewing system, with a zoom TV camera incorporating a non-browning Chalnicon tube and installed on a remotely controlled Pan and Tilt unit.
A cost-effective alternative now exists, with a through-wall zoom CCD TV camera incorporating a swivelling & panoramic viewing head ; even if the CCD sensor has to be replaced at given times (depending on radiation level), this solution often prevails.
ECA Group offers both above mentioned solutions, allowing to renew of a previous contract with Axians, a nuclear installation specialist.
The contract included the delivery of 3 CCD systems. The cameras will be installed through the ceiling walls (thickness up to 1.5m), and their housing will incorporate a shield plug to secure the continuity of the cell biological protection.
Axians is a brand of VINCI Energies, specialized solutions combining software, hardware and personalized services to design, deploy and manage their network infrastructures.
Orano is the new name of the french company Areva, following a refocus on all of its activities on the nuclear fuel cycle. Orano la Hague site provides the first stage in the recycling of used nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors all across the globe, being among the leading industrial centre of its kind in the world.