Busy season for US ITER
Ned Sauthoff, Project Manager, US ITER
''Our priorities,'' says Ned Sauthoff, ''remain completing designs, refining the cost and schedule for baselining in Summer 2012, and managing long-lead procurements.''
It has been a busy season for the US Domestic Agency, as the team positions for fabrication in late Fiscal Year 2012 and Fiscal Year 2013. Our priorities remain completing designs, refining the cost and schedule for baselining in Summer 2012, and managing long-lead procurements.
Members of our team supported Office of Science Director Bill Brinkman and Fusion Energy Sciences Associate Director Ed Synakowski at the June ITER Council meeting in Aomori, Japan. The focus of this meeting was to review progress and provide direction to ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima regarding refinement of plans. Schedule recovery and cost reduction were prominent on the agenda. Participants reviewed the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on test facilities and Japanese industry, and plotted a course aimed at minimizing the impact of these disasters on ITER progress.
Motojima expressed his intent to limit the impact to a one-year schedule extension, pushing first plasma to 2020. Some of the specific challenges for US contributions to ITER include earthquake damage to the central solenoid model test facility and reductions of electricity capacity for Japanese industry, which may delay the delivery of conductor from Japan to the US for incorporation in the central solenoid.
The neutral beam test facility also suffered serious damage. Member Domestic Agencies and the ITER Organization are working together now to develop and choose solutions and next steps. In an effort to address rising costs, the US ITER Project Office (USIPO), other Domestic Agencies, and the ITER Organization are continuing to investigate strategies for significant savings that could achieve the ITER mission at lower cost.
In April, the USIPO hosted a full-blown Office of Science/Office of Project Assessment ''Lehman'' review.
Earlier this spring, the USIPO hosted a full-blown Office of Science/Office of Project Assessment "Lehman" review in April. The review committee noted that the team has made substantial progress on recommendations from the last review in August 2010. They noted that we are continuing to strengthen our team and processes as we move toward Critical Decision-2 in June 2012.
The review committee reinforced the USIPO's focus on assuring that the central solenoid meets its performance requirement; our magnet team, the US management team, other Department of Energy (DOE) labs and the DOE Office of Science are taking actions to position for success.
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