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ITER Hot Cell team travels to Korea

-Sabina Griffith

So far, the procurement allocation does not foresee a Korean contribution to the ITER Hot Cell Facility. This building, needed for maintenance and radwaste operations of the ITER machine, will be financed 100% by the European Domestic Agency as defined in the procurement sharing plan. But things are about to change. The ITER Organization is currently undergoing a major Value Engineering process with the goal of reducing the overall project cost. So closer cooperation between the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies is desirable and necessary in many areas. To start with, a delegation from IO visited the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) in Daejeon. As the Korean nuclear Institute has years of experience to offer in the field of hot cell operation, ITER and Korea are currently discussing possible means on how to benefit from Korea's expertise on nuclear hot cells to help IO to optimize the design and so to reduce the cost of the ITER Hot Cell.
The ITER delegation with the KAERI hot cell team. On the left: Dr. Myung Ro Kim, Head of the International Cooperation Team and Bernard Vignau from CEA/Marcoule (Atalante hot cells).¶ (Click to view larger version...)
The ITER delegation with the KAERI hot cell team. On the left: Dr. Myung Ro Kim, Head of the International Cooperation Team and Bernard Vignau from CEA/Marcoule (Atalante hot cells).¶


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