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Kick off the coils

Facing the challenge: the attendees to the kick-off meeting in Yokohama, Japan last week. (Click to view larger version...)
Facing the challenge: the attendees to the kick-off meeting in Yokohama, Japan last week.
A kick-off meeting was held on 9-10 July on procurement for ITER toroidal field coils and coil structures at Toshiba Keihin Product Operations in Yokohama, Japan.

Toshiba was awarded a contract in February this year for the development activities relating to Phase II of the toroidal field coils and coil structure Procurement Arrangements, both signed in November 2008 by the Japanese Domestic Agency, JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency).

Neil Mitchell, Magnet Division head, and members of the Toroidal Field Coil Section were present to mark the event and understand how the Japanese industry is going to face the challenge. Norikiyo Koizumi and Hideo Nakajima, responsible officers at JAEA for the toroidal field coils and coil structures, respectively, summarized their work plan and the contractual agreements signed with Toshiba as main contractor.

On their side, Toshiba—represented by an important delegation—presented one of their key subcontractors for coil structure fabrication, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

This meeting was the first of many that will be held to monitor the progress over the two years of activities that will cover Phase II of the Procurement Arrangement.

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