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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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-completes-ITER-cryostat-manufacture

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/core-of-second-superconducting-magnet-completed-in-italy-6-2-2020

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsassystem-to-participate-in-uk-and-chinese-fusion-projects-7955803

A consortium comprising Ansaldo Nucleare, Empresarios Agrupados Internacional and Framatome has been awarded a four-year, €10 million ($11 million) framework contract by the European Commission for the pre-conceptual design of ITER's successor, the Demonstration Fusion Power Reactor (Demo).

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscontract-awarded-for-demo-fusion-project-7948893

Reactor on target to begin operations in 2025 Cranes lift Iter’s cryostat base into the tokamak pit to begin reactor assembly. Photo courtesy Iter Orgaisation. The $20bn International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, which aims to build the world’s largest fusion reactor near Cadarache in southern France, passed a major milestone this week as construction crews lifted the first major piece of the reactor, known as a tokamak, into place.

Over two days, a crew of about 200 carefully lifted the cryostat base, a steel dish weighing 1,250 tonnes, into the tokamak pit.

The cryostat base – the single largest and heaviest tokamak component – is the bottom section of a huge metal can that will eventually contain the rest of the reactor, including the vacuum vessel, huge superconducting magnets, and cooling systems.

The Iter team is racing to have all of Iter’s major components on site by the end of 2021, in order to meet a December 2025 deadline for switching on the massive machine.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/world-s-largest-nuclear-fusion-experiment-clears-milestone-5-5-2020

The 1250-tonne steel base of the cryostat - which will insulate the magnetic system at cryogenic temperature from the outside environment - has been installed at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The milestone marks the installation of the first and heaviest component of the ITER fusion machine.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-fusion-machine-gets-under-way

The first section for the vacuum vessel (section 6) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction at Cadarache France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping, Iter said.

Date: Friday, 01 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-korea-completes-first-vacuum-vessel-section-for-iter-7898578

A consignment of Russian equipment has been delivered to the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction at Cadarache in France, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on 23 April.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-receives-equipment-from-russia-and-italy-7892298

The vacuum vessel section was manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Photo courtesy Iter. The first of seven sections of the vacuum vessel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in southern France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping.

The vacuum vessel is a 5,000-tonne steel chamber designed to house the world's first reactor-scale fusion plasma at Iter.

Iter said that according to its machine assembly plan, section number six of the vacuum vessel, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be shipped to Iter’s Cadarache site followed by section number seven, which is also being manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is more than 90% complete.

Europe is providing the other five vacuum vessel sections. Europe is contributing almost half of the €20bn cost of Iter’s construction. The other six members of the venture – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the US – are contributing equally to the rest.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-completes-first-section-of-vacuum-vessel-4-3-2020

US-based Jacobs said it has been awarded several contracts worth more than $25 million in total for work on nuclear fusion projects in the UK and France.

Date: Thursday, 16 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjacobs-awarded-several-nuclear-fusion-contracts-7873764