The ITER Organization, which is building the world’s largest nuclear fusion energy R&D plant in France, has awarded a €200m ($219m) contract for the project’s Tokamak Assembly (TAC2) to DYNAMIC, a company founded by Ansaldo Nucleare, Endel Engie, Orys Group ORTEC, SIMIC, Leading and Ansaldo Energia.

The tokamak is an experimental machine designed to harness the energy of fusion. Inside a tokamak, the energy produced through the fusion of atoms is absorbed as heat in the walls of the vessel. Just like a conventional power plant, a fusion power plant will use this heat to produce steam and then electricity by way of turbines and generators.

The operation will mostly be performed at the ITER site in Cadarache, with the engineering and manufacturing support of DYNAMIC’s founding companies. It will include complex lifting, positioning, welding and inspection of some of the largest and most precious components and subsystems such as the toroidal field coils, vacuum vessel sectors, thermal shields and ports, first in the assembly hall and then in the central Tokamak Pit.

Francesco Maestri, chief executive of Ansaldo Nucleare, said: “For most of the companies who joined forces within DYNAMIC, this installation phase is the continuity of years of activities for the ITER project already serving either as designer, manufacturer or installation service provider. It is this experience we have to integrate with the CMA/IO team to make this first-of-a-kind challenge a technical success, with the highest standards of quality and safety.”

“We are pleased to take this next step forward toward Assembly Phase,” said Bernard Bigot, director-general of ITER. “We are entering a critical time, with the need to assemble and install equipment procured by all ITER members, with exceptionally demanding specifications which have to be met with high precision, within a quite challenging schedule. We trust that DYNAMIC will complete their tasks according to our best expectations. It is critical for the success of ITER”.

The operation of ITER will allow the ITER Members to test long-pulse operation and the many required technologies at reactor scale… click here to find out more.

Image courtesy of ITER.