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Worksite acrobats



Work has begun on the installation of the first of 43-metre-high pylons that will carry the 400kV power line towards the ITER installation along six kilometres.

Assembling a pylon is a bit like playing with a giant Erector Set. The difference, however, is that the pre-assembled sections of steel bar need to be lifted by crane, that those assembling need to be acrobats, and that the complete set will weigh about 120 tonnes.

It will take thirteen pylons to connect the ITER platform switchyard to the existing 400kV power line feeding the Tore Supra installation on the CEA side of the fence.


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