The SOCOTEC Group has combined specific areas of expertise within two new entities, SOCOTEC Power Services and SOCOTEC Formation Nucleaire, with a view to optimising its capacity to support clients in the nuclear and energy sectors.
Created by merging two of its subsidiaries already operating in the nuclear sector, SOCOTEC Nucléaire and Contrôles Industriels Cherbourgeois (CIC), with Atlantique Qualité (AQ), which operates in the energy sector, SOCOTEC Power Services, offers a comprehensive range of works inspection, supervision and monitoring, project quality assurance/quality control, and quantity surveying and verification services.
With a total of more than 25 years of experience gained by working with major players in France’s nuclear industry, including Areva, AEC, DCNS, EDF and Iter, this new entity can draw on the expertise of 210 employees located in five facilities across France: Bollène, Cherbourg, Donges, Montigny Le Bretonneux and Orléans.
SOCOTEC Formation Nucleaire has been created by merging Sofranext and SIFOP, both of which specialise in providing training for the nuclear sector. They joined the Group in May 2014 and September 2015 respectively. This new entity provides a complete range of training, design and consultancy services for the nuclear sector, as well as industrial maintenance.
SOCOTEC Formation Nucléaire has 42 employees and five radiation protection and risk prevention work-study facilities, three core nuclear knowledge and complementary safety quality work-study facilities and one approved skills refresher work-study facility. The latter, located at Dunkirk, is the only such facility in France outside a nuclear power plant.
The services provided by this new entity complement those already available from the SOCOTEC Institut de Formation (SOCOTEC’s Training Institute) in the fields of health, safety, security and the environment, and make it the third biggest nuclear sector training provider in France.