Positioning this mammoth component, as tall as a five-storey building and as heavy as three fully loaded Airbus A380s, was an extraordinary feat of handling and coordination.
On 11-12 May, the ITER assembly team succeeded at one of the most spectacular and complex operations in the machine assembly sequence: the installation of the first of nine required ''vacuum vessel modules'' inside the Tokamak pit.
Machine assembly is but one aspect of ITER construction. Project progress relies on a series of
A 3,500-square-metre, three-storey structure that will be home to 60 to 80 operators, engineers and researchers, the Control Building is among the new constructions that rose from the ground in 2022.
Life also returned to the ITER Council chamber where, following two years of Covid-imposed remote sessions, Member delegates were able to meet again in person. The lifting of restrictions allowed the flow of public visits to resume as well, particularly during the three Open Doors Days that were organized in June, September and
On the right side of the Tokamak Complex, near the yellow telescopic crane, the first of 13 steel frames (15 to 25 metres tall) for the Neutral Beam High Voltage Building were bolted to the concrete slab in early November. Running alongside the Tokamak Complex, the building will extend 84 metres in length and 28 metres in width.