16 December 2019
Major ITER Architect Engineer contract is secured by Engage until 2025. The consortium is awarded contract renewal worth €30 million.
Fusion for Energy (F4E) has extended the ITER Architect Engineer contract with Engage until 2025.
The contract is one of the biggest engineering contracts in Europe, having responsibility for the delivery of the entire building and civil infrastructure scope of the ITER project.
Since its initial award to Engage in 2010, the majority of ITER buildings are close to completion with six buildings at the site already delivered, which has involved 3,700,000 hours of work from around 300 expert engineers and designers working around the clock to build the prototype.
The Engage consortium is comprised of Assystem, Atkins, Egis, and Empresarios Agrupados. The scope of their work as Architect Engineer is to assist F4E through the entire construction process, from the elaboration of the detailed design to the final acceptance of the work. It includes the different ITER buildings, as well as the site infrastructure and the distribution of the power supplies.
The next phase of the work will require Engage to deliver the Tokamak building in 2020, a key milestone in achieving first plasma in 2025.
Laurent Schmieder, F4E Programme Manager for Buildings, Infrastructure and Power Supplies, said: “The prolongation of our collaboration with the Engage consortium relies on the solid partnership, which has been established step by step since the contract signature. It’s a clear demonstration of our determination to conclude together the design and construction of all buildings of the most ambitious project in the field of fusion energy.”
Hubert Labourdette, Managing Director of Engage said: “Thanks to the high level of collaboration with F4E and all stakeholders of the project, we have collectively succeeded in delivering the buildings of one of the most complex and challenging projects in the world. This extension from F4E is a recognition of our added value and contribution. It reinforces our commitment to support the successful delivery of ITER, which is crucial for future generations.”
Fusion for Energy
Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER.
One of the main tasks of F4E is to work together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations to develop and provide a wide range of high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project.
F4E supports fusion R&D initiatives through the Broader Approach Agreement signed with Japan and prepares for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).
F4E was created by a decision of the Council of the European Union as an independent legal entity and was established in April 2007 for a period of 35 years.
Its offices are in Barcelona, Spain.
ITER is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. It will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.
Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source.
Europe will contribute almost half of the costs of its construction, while the other six Members to this joint international venture (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), will contribute equally to the rest.
The site of the ITER project is at Cadarache in the South of France.
ENGAGE is a consortium comprising of Assystem, Atkins, Egis, and Empresarios Agrupados.