With representatives from the seven ITER Members gathered for last week's extraordinary ITER Council meeting, it was the perfect opportunity to finalize the signatures on four agreements, each one representing a step forward in ITER Construction.
ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima and the head of the Russian Domestic Agency, Anatoly Krasilnikov, sign a Procurement Arrangement for the enhanced heat flux first wall panels, part of the ITER Blanket System.
Almost 20 years after the establishment of a first ITER Test Blanket Working Group, and not quite two years after the endorsement of the generic TBM Arrangement by the ITER Council, the ITER Organization and the Chinese Domestic Agency signed an arrangement last week for the design, manufacturing, transport and delivery of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder test blanket system to the ITER site by 2021. This is the first of six TBM Arrangements expected be signed in the course of the year.
An agreement was reached on the supply of materials for the ITER plant's steady state electrical network. (Pictured, Director-General Motojima and the head of the US ITER Project Office, Ned Sauthoff.)
Finally, a document was signed with the United States relative to the supply of materials for the ITER plant's steady state electrical network (400 kV gantries for the overhead lines of the steady state electrical network and metal structures to support the 400kV electrical equipment gantries and structures). Although the provision of this equipment had originally been assigned to the United States, it was later agreed by all parties that there were advantages to procuring the same gantry and structures as those used by the French electricity transmission network RTE for the Prionnet substation. As of last week's agreement, the scope has been transferred to the ITER Organization.
The head of the Chinese Domestic Agency, Luo Delong, and Director-General Motojima sign the first of six Test Blanket Module Arrangements for the design and procurement of the Test Blanket System.