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31st ITER Council

Addressing challenges

The project's governing body, the ITER Council, convened for the 31st time in its history on 16 and 17 November to evaluate the progress of construction, manufacturing, assembly, and commissioning. 

It was the first ITER Council for Director-General Pietro Barabaschi (seen in profile), who took up his position just one month ago on 17 October. (Click to view larger version...)
It was the first ITER Council for Director-General Pietro Barabaschi (seen in profile), who took up his position just one month ago on 17 October.
Meeting in a hybrid format, with one Member attending by videoconference, delegations from China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States reviewed the efforts of the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies as they work together to coordinate the delivery, assembly and installation of components.

The Council noted the ongoing fabrication and delivery of first-of-a-kind components, including most recently the departure for shipment of poloidal field coil #1; the progressive installation of plant support systems, including the installation of all magnet conversion equipment required for First Plasma and the initiation of subsystem commissioning for the cryogenics facility and cooling water plant; and onsite construction works, including substantial progress on the Tritium Building, the Control Building, and the Neutral Beam Power Supply buildings.

It also noted the need to address a number of concerns related to First-of-a-Kind components (see the related article in this issue). In particular, recent results from analysis of key components indicated the need for extensive repairs. The Council urged the Director-General to assess the impacts of these setbacks and commence the necessary repair work as soon as possible. In addition, the Council urged the ITER Organization and Domestic Agencies to work together to ensure an appropriate project-wide quality culture to prevent any recurrence of such issues.

Council Members reaffirmed their strong belief in the value of the ITER mission, and resolved to work together to find timely solutions to facilitate ITER's success. The Council noted the ongoing pressures facing the project and encouraged all ITER Members to meet their in-kind and in-cash commitments to enable implementation of the construction, installation and assembly strategy.

See the full press release in English and in French.

 



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