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ITER Project >65% Complete for First Plasma; Preparation for Assembly is Underway

Close up of tokamak complex - February 2020

The ITER Project is over 65% complete for First Plasma. This aerial view of the tokamak complex is from February 2020.  Photo: ITER Organization

November 21, 2019

Following international competitions, the ITER Organization has signed two major contracts for Tokamak assembly, in keeping with the Revised Construction Strategy. These contracts, both of which will last through 2024, will cover the assembly and installation of the Tokamak core machine, including the vacuum vessel sectors, thermal shield, superconducting magnets, ports, cryostat, instrumentation, and associated cooling and support structures.

Since the Council last convened in June 2019, Europe has completed civil works on the Tokamak Building, and is on pace to fully hand over the building to the ITER Organization (IO) in Spring 2020. India has completed the fabrication of the cryostat base and lower cylinder, and has turned these components over to the IO. Korea has nearly completed the first vacuum vessel sector; the first segments of the thermal shield have arrived at ITER, as well as the massive upending tool which—together with the already installed sub-sector assembly tools—will be used to assemble the vacuum vessel sectors, thermal shield, and toroidal field coils in two assembly lines. Europe and China have marked the completion of the first poloidal field coil (PF), and both PF5 and PF6 will be ready for cryogenic testing early next year. Installation of components from China, Europe, India, Korea, and Russia is well advanced on both the Cryogenics Facility and the Magnet Conversion Building, and the first cryolines have been installed in the Tokamak Building. Testing is well underway on the first central solenoid module in the United States, and Japan will be ready to ship the first toroidal field coil early next year.


Source: ITER Organization

Last Updated: March 25, 2020 - 9:37 am