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Image of the week

The night shift

The ITER worksite hardly ever sleeps. When employees leave their offices and head home, the night shift begins for dozens of workers and specialists of all trades.

The Tokamak Complex, at the heart of the construction site, captured at night from the roof of the ITER Headquarters building. (Click to view larger version...)
The Tokamak Complex, at the heart of the construction site, captured at night from the roof of the ITER Headquarters building.
In order to ensure the continuity of the most delicate operations and meet deadlines, activity on the ITER worksite is organized in two and a half shifts. Lights on the construction site are never turned off and cranes are rarely immobile.

For safety reasons, some activities, such as radiographic tests to verify the quality of welds in critical components and assemblies, can only be performed at night, when most buildings have been vacated.

The ITER worksite at night breathes a unique atmosphere of mystery and awe, of muted noises and otherworldly lights.



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