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Korea selects Hyundai to build vacuum vessel

Korea is to build two out of the nine sectors for ITER's vacuum vessel. (Click to view larger version...)
Korea is to build two out of the nine sectors for ITER's vacuum vessel.
Hyundai Heavy Industries has been selected to manufacture the Korean share of ITER's vacuum vessel. The scope of the seven-year contract encompasses two entire vacuum vessel sectors, seventeen equatorial ports and nine lower ports. Formal signing of the contract is to take place later this month.

Along with the superconducting magnets, the vacuum vessel is one of the major long-lead procurement items needed for ITER. Without delivery of the vacuum vessel on schedule, construction of ITER cannot successfully be performed on time. The contracting for the vacuum vessel and port construction thus has major significance for the project's progress.

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