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First hardware afloat from China

Liu Sheng, Fan Xue and Wang Min, ITER China

The last batch of dummy conductor (out of three) is lifted on board the ship which is due to arrive in France early June. (Click to view larger version...)
The last batch of dummy conductor (out of three) is lifted on board the ship which is due to arrive in France early June.
On Thursday 25 April, the morning silence at the Institute of Plasma Physics (ASIPP) in Hefei, China, was broken by the noise of a high powered trailer. Inside the superconductor shop of ASIPP, workers were busy preparing to load the 737 metres of dummy conductor for ITER's Poloidal Field Coil number five (PF5)—this represents the first delivery from China to the ITER construction site in France.
 
According to the Procurement Arrangement signed between the Chinese Domestic Agency and the ITER Organization, China will fabricate 64 conductors for ITER's poloidal field coils, including four dummy conductors for cabling and coil manufacturing process qualification. ASIPP is responsible for all the poloidal field conductor fabrication in China. The fabrication of the PF5 dummy was completed in by ASIPP in 2011.
 
Workers at ASIPP are busy preparing to load the 737 metres of dummy conductor for ITER's poloidal field coil number five. (Click to view larger version...)
Workers at ASIPP are busy preparing to load the 737 metres of dummy conductor for ITER's poloidal field coil number five.
"This is the very first batch of ITER items to be shipped from China to the ITER site in Cadarache," said Luo Delong, Deputy Director-General of ITER China. Before, conductors for the toroidal field coils had been shipped to Japan and Europe. "This milestone is a further step for the ITER Project. According to our schedule, we will now start massive production of conductors this year. Our goal is that all procurement items from China be supplied consistent with the ITER schedule and with ITER quality requirements."

According to the shipment schedule the PF5 dummy conductors, which left Shanghai on 30 April, will arrive at the ITER site on 5 June.


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