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A passage to India
In July, the ITER Cooling Water System (CWS) Group embarked on a trip across India. First stop on their tour was Ahmadabad, where they visited the India Plasma Research Centre. "We were impressed by the capabilities of Indian industry and their enthusiasm for supporting the ITER project", Curd Warren, CWS Section Leader, reported. "We came away from these meetings with a much broader understanding of the Indian commitment to ITER. The quality of their products and their interest and willingness to provide expert advice proved their capability to perform Value Engineering studies."
Next stop on the programme was ANUP, a Lalbhai Group company that fabricates pressure vessels for the petro-chemical industry. ANUP fabricates stainless steel and carbon steel vessels up to 5.5 meters in diameter. ANUP has also supplied vessels to the tokamak of the India Plasma Research center. That afternoon the group visited the new home of IN-ITER, the Indian Domestic Agency (DA).
After some hours of travel, the group arrived at Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL), a pump manufacturing company in Kirloskar. "The factory has a tremendous capacity to provide exceptionally large horizontal and vertical pumps to meet the ITER CWS needs", Curd Warren said. Next stop: Satara, the home of Alfa-Laval, a plate-type heat exchanger manufacturer. "We learned Alfa-Laval can furnish the size heat exchangers required for ITER in about eighteen months, which includes 6 months for delivery of materials."
And finally — Kolkata (Calcutta). There the group visited the Paharpur Cooling Tower Manufacturing Facility. The plant provides large cooling towers around the world. "Paharpur has the capacity to design, build, construct, and commission the large units required by ITER", Warren stated. "Paharpur can also supply their towers in a phased delivery approach to reduce the upfront cost for the ITER project."
The overall impression of the CWS team was that India's capabilities "exceed the original expectations and that the India DA is very capable and very enthusiastic towards the successful completion of the ITER project. The personnel of the India DA are exceptionally cordial and gracious hosts, having exhibited to us an exceptional ability to organize the meetings and facilitate very complicated and geographically challenging and diverse travel logistics."
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