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At its Thirtieth Meeting on 15-16 June 2022, the ITER Council convened to assess the progress of the ITER Project, concluding that: “The project has maintained steady progress, reflecting the efforts of the ITER Organisation (IO) and Domestic Agencies (DAs) to succeed in the delivery of components and worksite installation and assembly activities.”

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-council-says-progress-has-continued-9788702

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has developed a new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ capable of operating inside fusion energy power plant pipework. The DEMO snake, which is now patented technology, will be deployed and operated remotely inside a hazardous environment without being touched by humans. It can also work effectively in pipes packed together, with little space for access.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukaea-develops-laser-welding-robotic-snake-9754916

Tributes have been paid to ITER Organization Director-General Dr Bernard Bigot, after his death at the age of 72 was announced by the organisation which is building the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor fusion project in southern France.

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITER-Director-General-Bernard-Bigot-passes-away

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion project has achieved a major machine assembly milestone, with the first sub-section of the ITER plasma chamber being lifted out of tooling and lowered into the machine well.

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Most-complex-lift-to-date-completed-at-ITER

There is renewed interest in nuclear power from a decarbonisation and energy security perspective, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said while announcing progress in its 2021 Medium-Term Business Plan, which covers the period FY2021-FY2023. The company said it will continue supporting the restart of Japan's reactors while developing small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactors.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-remains-key-sector-for-MHI

Assystem announced that it has secured a place on three new United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) frameworks that will facilitate the development of the UK's Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP).

Date: Thursday, 10 March 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsassystem-strengthens-role-in-uk-fusion-9536908

France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has ordered the start of the assembly of the tokamak of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion project to be postponed until a number of safety issues have been addressed.

Date: Wednesday, 02 March 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITER-tokamak-assembly-put-on-hold-by-regulator

Italy’s Ansaldo Nucleare said on 8 February that it has won a €21 million ($24m) contract for the management of multidisciplinary technical managerial support services aimed at implementing the Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT) Facility. Ansaldo Nucleare is part of Ansaldo Energia Group, 88% owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

Date: Friday, 11 February 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsansaldo-nucleare-wins-contract-to-support-divertor-tokamak-test-facility-9474338

Record energy output results announced in February are the ‘clearest demonstration in a quarter of a century’ of the potential for fusion energy to deliver safe and sustainable low-carbon energy according to researchers at the EUROfusion consortium working on the Joint European Torus tokamak device.

Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-researchers-achieve-fusion-energy-record-at-jet-9472294

Researchers at the Joint European Torus in the UK doubled previous records by producing a total of 59 megajoules of heat energy from fusion over a five second period.

Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fusion-energy-record-at-JET-huge-step-forward