Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:

Please enter your email address:

@

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Cryostat | As clean as a freshly minted coin

    Before it is encased in its protective cocoon and moved to temporary storage, the cryostat upper cylinder must be cleaned. The operation is both low-tech and es [...]

    Read more

  • Top management | Alain Bécoulet, Head of Engineering

    When Alain Bécoulet embraced plasma physics back in the mid-1980s as a student at France's prestigious École Normale Supérieure, he did it for two reasons: one [...]

    Read more

  • Science | New steady state analysis

    Recent research shows it should be possible to reach steady-state fusion production in ITER with the baseline mix of heating and current drive systems, in parti [...]

    Read more

  • Image of the week | Like dancers in a vertical ballet

    Of all the movements of workers and equipment in the Assembly Hall, these are the most gracious... Like ballet dancers on a vertical stage, two workers are b [...]

    Read more

  • Cryostat base | Grand opening soon

    Picture a giant soup plate, 30 metres in diameter, slowing descending into a deep concrete cylinder. Track the near imperceptible movement of the double overhea [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

Contract signed for seven ITER buildings

Construction of the seven buildings covered under the latest contracts signed with Ferrovial Agroman will be carried out over four years. Photo: F4E (Click to view larger version...)
Construction of the seven buildings covered under the latest contracts signed with Ferrovial Agroman will be carried out over four years. Photo: F4E
ITER construction is accelerating thanks to the signature of two contracts between Fusion for Energy, the EU body that manages Europe's contribution to ITER, and the Spanish consortium Ferrovial Agroman.

The contracts, worth approximately EUR 40 million, cover the design and construction of seven buildings, part of the 39 buildings that will make up the ITER infrastructure.

Under the first contract, Ferrovial Agroman will build two buildings for magnetic power conversion, each with an area of 4,900 m2 and a volume of 39,000 m3. They will house components manufactured by China, Russia and Korea that will convert alternating current to direct current for the ITER magnets. The contract also covers the construction of a smaller building for the reactive power compensation system.

Under the second contract, Ferrovial Agroman will design and build the cooling tower and hot/cold basins. The basins—with a total volume of 26,000 m3 (or the size of ten Olympic swimming pools)—will store the cooling water that will travel in and out of the ITER machine during operation. Additional buildings will be constructed for cooling water system pumps and pipes, water treatment and heat exchangers.

"ITER construction is reaching a turning point," commented F4E Director Henrik Bindslev after the signatures. "More companies are participating, more workforces are being deployed and more progress is being made on one of the busiest worksites in Europe."

Ferrovial Agroman is also part of the consortium (with Vinci and Razel-Bec) that is responsible for the construction of the Tokamak Complex and nine ancillary buildings. "These two contracts offer Ferrovial Agroman the opportunity to be further involved in ITER and establish itself as one of the most committed contractors," said company CEO Alejandro de la Joya. "We are extremely proud to be part of the most ambitious international collaboration in the field of energy."

Please visit the F4E website for the full article and press release.



return to the latest published articles