International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor ITER
Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union’s organisation managing Europe’s contribution to ITER, has signed its largest contract to date with GDF Suez Group and M+W Group.
ITER will be the world’s largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. The contract is expected to run for six years and its budget is approximately 530 million Euros. ITER will be located in Cadarache, France. The strong expertise of the consortium will be used to provide the building services for the Tokamak complex, where the ITER Tokamak machine will be located, and the surrounding buildings. Through this contract a Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system will be delivered powerful enough to treat the air flow of 1,000,000 cubic meters/hour. This corresponds to the volume of air that is inhaled and exhaled by 2.5 million people/hour. Furthermore, instrumentation and control systems, power supplies, interior and exterior lighting, gas and liquid networks will be installed. State-of-the-art fire detection and extinguishing systems, consisting of 2,000 fire detectors, pipe fittings and handling equipment with various interfaces connecting buildings and systems will also be supplied.