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A pit... no more

With work beginning on the ground level (L1) of the Diagnostics Building, the concrete and steel of the Tokamak Complex will soon be flush with the ITER platform. The 90 x 130 metre "Pit" of yesterday is gone but the central, perfectly round assembly area for the Tokamak remains ...
 
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In the centre of the Tokamak Complex worksite, 6 concrete plots out of 11 have been poured for the Tokamak Building's B1-level basemat, as well as 6 massive columns out of 18. Pouring and rebar installation continues for successive levels of the ITER bioshield, the 3.2-metre-thick "ring fortress" surrounding the machine whose role is to protect workers and the environment from the radiation generated by the fusion reaction.

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The landscape in the area is now dominated by the black, temporary facade of the Assembly Building, now adorned with a giant poster of the ITER machine. Eventually, as the Tokamak Building rises to meet the Assembly Building, the cladding will be removed and the two buildings will be joined into one.


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