Ellis Patents, through its distributor Wang Yip Hong, has won a contract to provide its cable cleats and cable straps to be used in the Areva European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) being built at the Taishan nuclear power project in the Guangdong province of China.
Ellis claims the Emperor cable cleats are designed for use in situations where the highest levels of short circuit withstand are needed, in both trefoil and single cable applications. Their integral LSF zero halogen polymeric liner and base pad protects and cushions cables during such conditions are needed too.
The cable cleats, which enable quicker and easier installation, are manufactured in type 316L stainless steel, and ensure ultimate corrosion protection, even in the harsh environmental conditions.
Also manufactured with 316L stainless steel, Ellis' ProTect cable straps are developed for installation between trefoil cleats, such as Emperors, that will enhance short circuit capabilities and retain trefoil formation.
Ellis also claims that ProTect cable straps allow for greater fixing distances between cleats and can reduce installation time and cost.
Ellis has reported that it is the second time Areva has used its products at a nuclear plant, with the first being at the Olkiluoto 3 reactor project in Finland.
The Taishan nuclear power project is being executed in two phases, with first phase comprising two EPR reactors of 1,750MW each that are scheduled to become operational in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture (TNPJVC), a joint venture between China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corporation (CGNPC) and Electricite de France (EDF), is developing the project.
AREVA, in consortium with two subsidiaries of CGNPC, China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPEC) and China Nuclear Power Design Company (CNPDC), is supplying the EPR reactor for the project.
AREVA is also responsible for supplying the nuclear fuel and associated services for 15 years as part of a contract with the developer.
Image: Areva EPR reactor at Taishan nuclear power project will use Ellis's cable cleats and straps. Photo: courtesy of Ellis Patents.