Services: Project Controls, Cost Estimating, Scheduling, Risk Management
ITER Fusion Reactor
The ITER Organization, funded and administered by seven member entities – the European Union (EU), India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and the United States – is building the world’s largest and most advanced experimental Tokamak in southern France. The Tokamak contains a plasma inside a torus chamber through the use of two magnetic fields – one created by electric coils around the torus, the other created by intense electric current in the plasma itself. The ITER project aims to make the long-awaited transition from experimental studies of plasma physics to full-scale electricity-producing fusion power plants.
Valued at more than €20 billion, the ITER fusion reactor has been designed to produce 500 MW of output power for 50 MW of input power, or 10 times the amount of energy input. The machine is expected to demonstrate the principle of producing more energy from the fusion process than is used to initiate it, something that has not yet been achieved with previous fusion reactors. Construction of the facility began in 2007, and the first plasma was planned to be achieved by December 2025.
Under a framework contract awarded in 2010, PT&C supplied experienced, on-site project controls managers, cost estimators, planners/schedulers, and risk analysts who worked closely with all of the international participants/contributors and the site responsible officers to provide integrated project delivery.