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  • Without minimizing challenges, Council reaffirms commitment

    On 24 October 2007, the ITER Organization was officially established following the ratification by the seven ITER Members of the project's constitutive document [...]

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  • Heat waves

    Plasma is like a tenuous mist of particles—light atoms that have been dissociated into ions (the atom nucleus) and free-roaming electrons. In order to study pla [...]

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  • What a difference ten days make

    There was a time when progress in Tokamak Complex construction was easy to follow.Excavation in 2010; the creation of the ground support structure and seismic f [...]

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  • What's in the box?

    At ITER, even the opening of a box takes on a spectacular dimension. The operation requires a powerful crane, a full team of specialists and, as everything ITER [...]

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  • EU Commission has "positive appreciation" of ITER progress

    On 14 June, the European Commission issued a Communication presenting the revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in ITER. Its object? [...]

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Safety Q&As

Leave no bolt unchecked: Laurent Patisson, ITER Nuclear Building Section Leader, provides explanations to Jacques Ducau (IRSN) as Pierre Perdiguier (Head of the Marseille division of ASN), Mathias Ricci (ENGAGE) and Christophe Gary (APAVE) look on. (Click to view larger version...)
Leave no bolt unchecked: Laurent Patisson, ITER Nuclear Building Section Leader, provides explanations to Jacques Ducau (IRSN) as Pierre Perdiguier (Head of the Marseille division of ASN), Mathias Ricci (ENGAGE) and Christophe Gary (APAVE) look on.
How does the ITER Organization make sure that the tasks performed by its partners and contractors meet the safety requirements of a nuclear installation? What procedures does the Organization implement in this regard?  Are these procedures robust enough? How does the ITER Organization monitor the manufacturing of the safety-critical components destined for the machine?

Answers to these questions and others are essential to assessing the global safety of the future ITER nuclear installation.

Last Wednesday, ITER staff members Joëlle Elbez-Uzan, Lina Rodriguez and Laurent Patisson and Thomas Tardif from the European Domestic Agency spent some ten hours providing a team of inspectors from the French Nuclear Safety Authority (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, ASN) with the explanations they requested.

As it does with every nuclear installation on French soil, the ASN will inspect ITER on a regular basis. In accordance with the ITER Agreement, ASN can conduct up to ten inspections per year, both "scheduled" and "unscheduled."
Wednesday's inspection, which consisted mainly of presentations and discussions, also included a long afternoon visit to the depths of the Tokamak Seismic Isolation Pit—a rare occasion, for everyone present, to experience the true scale of the project.


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