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“When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises - they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembling and installing first-of-a-kind components,” the ITER Organisation said recently.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-essential-key-components-repairs-will-impact-schedule-10381371

China National Nuclear Corp's Southwestern Institute of Physics says that the first piece of the enhanced heat flux first wall for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor has been produced, with its core indicators better than design requirements.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-celebrates-first-enhanced-heat-flux-first-wa

Problems will require in-depth examination and ‘time and budget’ to repair October 2022 file photo of the 30-metre-deep pit in the tokamak building being prepared for the Iter machine itself. Courtesy Iter. Defects have been identified in two key First-of-a-kind tokamak components for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) nuclear fusion plant under construction at Cadarache in southern France, with the €20bn project facing potential delays while repairs are carried out.

Iter said in a project update that the two components are the vacuum vessel thermal shields and the vacuum vessel sectors.

The issues “demand in-depth examination, creativity in devising corrective actions, and time and budget to repair”, Iter said.

The vacuum vessel thermal shields are actively cooled silver-plated elements, 20 mm thick that contribute to thermally insulating the plant’s superconducting magnet system operating at 4K, or minus 269C.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/eur20-billion-project-faces-delays-as-defects-found-in-two-key-first-of-a-kind-components-11-3-2022

The ITER Council meeting to review the performance of the ITER Project, evaluated the progress of construction, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain challenges on project progress. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France, is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Construction of ITER is funded mainly by the European Union (45.6%) with the remainder shared equally by China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA (9.1% each). However, in practice, the members deliver little monetary contribution to the project, instead providing ‘in-kind’ contributions of components, systems or buildings.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-council-reviews-progress-and-challenges-10376644

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has announced defects have been discovered in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sectors and warned that the consequences on schedule and cost "will not be insignificant".

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Defects-found-in-two-key-components-of-ITER-tokama

Rosatom has said it is delivering a PF1 poloidal field coil to the ITER fusion reactor under construction in France. A ceremonial launching of a pontoon with a Russian PF1 poloidal field coil took place at the Srednevskiy shipbuilding plant in St Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, Rosatom State Corporation, and the Administration of St Petersburg. 

Date: Saturday, 05 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-delivers-poloidal-field-coil-for-iter-10260460

China’s "artificial sun", the HL-2M tokamak, has set a new operation record with its plasma current exceeding 1 million amperes (one megampere) “marking a major step toward fusion ignition”, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced. The tokamak, independently designed and built by CNNC’s Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was completed in November 2019 and achieved its first plasma discharge in December 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-artificial-sun-sets-new-record-10135719

Russian enterprises have completed the manufacture and shipment of pedestals for connectors of blanket modules to the construction site of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER under construction in France. The last batch of these items left the territory of the NA Dollezhal Scientific Research and Design Institute of Power Engineering (Nikiet) in Moscow on 3 October.

Date: Saturday, 08 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-russian-equipment-iter-10067004

The ITER Council have appointed Dr Pietro Barabaschi as the new Director-General of the ITER Organisation following the death of former Director-General Bernard Bigot in May 2022. The Council launched a search and recruitment effort to select his successor. During its recent meeting in Paris, the Council held interviews with the final candidates and unanimously appointed Dr Barabaschi. The Council also thanked Dr Eisuke Tada for his service as Interim Director-General during this transitional period. Dr Barabaschi is expected to take office in October.

Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-director-general-for-iter-10020921

Russia’s Project Centre ITER has said that the first Russian gyrotron complexes are being sent to the construction site of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER under construction in France. Three trailers with the equipment left Nizhny Novgorod on 13th September and a fourth machine will leave on 16th September. 

Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-sends-gyrotrons-to-iter-10013133