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File photos o the Iter site in March 2020. Courtesy Iter. Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction of South Korea has been awarded a contract to manufacture and supply a pressuriser to for the for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project in France.

Doosan Heavy said the contract was awarded to a consortium it formed with its UK-based subsidiary Doosan Babcock.

The company said it will design and manufacture the pressuriser, which must be capable of maintaining the pressure of the heat exchange system installed at Iter and protecting it from overpressure. It is aiming to deliver the pressuriser to the Iter site, at Cadarache in southern France, by 2022.

Iter is a joint international project, involving seven countries including South Korea, to construct and operate a facility to demonstrate the feasibility of generating large-scale nuclear fusion energy.

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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Non-destructive testing specialists at Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (TPU) is to develop methods for checking the reliability of seams on components of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) reactor, TPU said on 11 August. The specialists will develop methods and programmes for testing welded joints using ultrasound on important elements of the ITER fusion reactor, under construction in France.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
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It is understandable that the nuclear power industry feels it has been left "in limbo" by the European Commission's taxonomy on sustainable finance, even though its low-carbon credentials are clear, an adviser to the Technical Expert Group (TEG) that developed the guidance said last week. Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, participated in the 28 July webinar-based discussion of a newly published Policy Brief by the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure in the COVID-19 economic recovery.

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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The ITER group, in a ceremony on 28 July marked the start of the machine assembly of the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
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A ceremony was held yesterday within the ITER Assembly Hall to mark the official start of the assembly of the tokamak fusion device of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. Assembly of the tokamak is expected to take five years to complete.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
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Plan is to generate first ultra-hot plasma at €20bn facility in 2025 The €20bn project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale. Photo courtesy Iter. The world’s largest nuclear fusion project began its five-year assembly phase on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma expected to be generated in late 2025.

The €20bn Iter (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale.

The steel and concrete superstructures nestled in the hills of southern France will house a 23,000-tonne machine, known as a tokamak, capable of creating what is essentially an earthbound star.

Millions of components will be used to assemble the giant reactor, which will weigh 23,000 tonnes and the project is the most complex engineering endeavour in history. Almost 3,000 tonnes of superconducting magnets, some heavier than a jumbo jet, will be connected by 200km of superconducting cables, all kept at -269C by the world’s largest cryogenic plant.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
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At the end of a five-day special meeting of the European Council, EU leaders reached agreement today to jointly borrow EUR750 billion (USD862 billion) to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The EU's recovery fund, to be composed of EUR390 billion in grants and EUR360 billion in loans, will be attached to a new EUR1.074 trillion seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This brings the total financial package to EUR1.82 trillion.

Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020
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Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Heavy Engineering Ltd has completed the final segment of the ITER cryostat, bringing to an end an eight-year work programme. Work on the cryostat will now continue at the ITER site in southern France where the sections will be assembled, sited and welded over the next four years.

Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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The core of the superconducting magnet was manufactured at ASG in Italy. Photo courtesy ASG. The core of another superconducting magnet has been completed in Italy for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction at Cadarache in southern France.

The massive component was constructed at the ASG Superconductors factory in La Spezia, northern Italy. It will now be delivered to the port of Marghera, near Venice, for shipment to France.

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
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France’s Assystem announced that it will play a key role in the development of two separate nuclear fusion reactors with leading fusion research centres in China and the UK.

Date: Friday, 05 June 2020
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