Representatives of our company, Karel Stočes, Sales Director, and Andrej Rubint, Director of the Slovakia office, attended the NUCLEAR ENCOUNTER 2021 conference on 12-13 August 2021. The conference took place at the Palace Art Hotel in Pezinok, Slovakia, and it was a follow-up to the first part of the conference, which took place online in mid-April this year.
Over two days, more than 100 representatives of nuclear power plant operators and their service and supply organizations discussed strategies and expectations for the future. Compared to the first part of the conference held in the spring, which was attended by representatives of technical education, it was expanded to include the important topic of quality management.
The first day was focused on the strategies of ČEZ a.s. and SE a.s. from the perspective of the operators and what their suppliers should expect. They then reflected on their attitude towards the situation in the nuclear power industry. On the second day, presentations were made by the directors of individual Czech and Slovak nuclear power plants, in which they presented the direction from the nuclear power perspective and medium-term investment plans.
The final topic concerned the field of quality management. After the presentations of the quality management directors of ČEZ and SE, a long discussion started. It was clearly stated that quality must be well set up, all procedures must be followed, and a process of continuous improvement must take place. This opinion was also confirmed by our company representatives. "Czech companies have nuclear know-how and have invested in development for a long time. For example, five years ago, our company launched a new safety control system for nuclear power, SandRA Z100, which is currently one of the most advanced systems in its sector on the market. Thanks to this, we have been able to get more and more orders on foreign markets," says Karel Stočes.
ZAT supplies control systems to nuclear power plants operated by both ČEZ and SE. "During the meetings, we confirmed our competence as a reliable supplier of control systems for nuclear power plants and as a provider of support in operating and extending their lifetime," adds Andrej Rubint.
The conference declared that the nuclear power is safe, reliable, and emission-free. It is therefore an indispensable part of the energy mix and the construction of new nuclear power plants must be ensured. ZAT with its competences and know-how is ready for this supply.