The biggest challenge I'd say was to learn how to work within new safety constraints. On a worksite like ITER, the safety level is already high and workers are used to following safety instructions. But the pandemic imposed all kinds of new constraints. It was not easy to evaluate the consequences of the new work environment on the productivity and also the mental health of the staff. This was made even more problematic in the context of teleworking. Coordination from afar was just not possible, we concluded, and so technical responsible officers came on site as much as they could to follow construction progress and to run in-person meetings, within safety boundaries of course. Despite the complications COVID-19—and thanks to the ITER Director-General's actions that protected the workers while also allowing work to move forward—we can say in general that we were able to continue steady progress on the worksite and meet our principal milestones.
Fusion for Energy's Laurent Schmieder, Program Manager for Buildings, Site Infrastructure and Power Supplies
This paved road running to the east of the Tokamak Complex is one of the last to be realized under Fusion for Energy's TB16 contract, which covered the realization of service trenches, precipitation drainage, and site adaptation works such as roads and lighting.