The Korean Domestic Agency (KO DA) signed the first contract with industry for assembly tooling this week, following a call for tender launched in January.
Each 40° sub-sector assembled by this Sub-Assembly Tool will comprise one vacuum vessel sector, two toroidal field coils, and thermal shields.
"This is a very challenging procurement," says Kihak Im, Responsible Engineer for the in-kind assembly tooling at ITER. "The size and weight of the components, as well as the very tight tolerances for manoeuvring, puts this in the realm of 'never-before attempted'. In some cases, we'll be working with tolerances of 2-3 millimetres to position components that stand 20 metres high and weigh hundreds of tons."
Signature of the contract took place on Monday, 22 March in the presence of representatives from the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), ITER Korea, and SFA Engineering.