MOMENTUM joint venture wins €174m ITER contract

28 June 2016

  • MOMENTUM JV, comprising Amec Foster Wheeler, Assystem and KEPCO E&C, named construction management-as-agent contractor on unique international project
  • Project managing the assembly of more than one million components in world’s largest  fusion reactor

  • Key role in international effort to make fusion a viable  source  of  almost  limitless, carbon-free energy

Representatives of the ITER Organisation announce today that they have signed a construction management-as-agent (CMA) contract with the MOMENTUM joint venture, led by Amec Foster Wheeler in partnership with Assystem and KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company.

MOMENTUM will play a vital role in ITER’s project to build the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache in France. The 10-year  contract is  expected to be worth €174m and there is an option for a three-year extension.

Bernard Bigot, Director-General of the ITER Organization, said:
“The role of the Construction Management-as-Agent is absolutely central to the success of the ITER Project. And since fusion holds so much potential as an environmentally clean and virtually limitless, safe source of energy, the stakes of success for the seven ITER Members are very high. With the expertise represented by the MOMENTUM joint venture, we feel confident that the assembly and installation of the ITER facility will meet its objectives: delivery on time and on budget with the highest standards of quality.”

Clive White, President of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, said:
“The MOMENTUM team is proud and delighted to be chosen for such a pivotal role on one of the world’s most important energy projects. The MOMENTUM partners will bring complementary skills to bear and embed a can-do project culture focused on safety, quality and maintaining schedule and costs. Amec Foster Wheeler has played an important part in the ITER project for over 20 years and this important contract underlines our key role in developing future nuclear technologies while continuing to support the existing fission power industry.”

Stéphane Aubarbier, Chief Executive Officer of Assystem, said:
“MOMENTUM’s three partners will allocate their best people to address the challenges related to such a unique project. This new CMA contract embodies Assystem’s continuous involvement in the ITER project since work began at Cadarache in 2005. It highlights our expertise in complex, international project management.”

Koo-Woun Park, President and Chief Executive Officer of KEPCO E&C, said: “KEPCO E&C has a long-term commitment to ITER, having delivered technical and project management services since  2008.  Our  appointment  alongside  our  partners in Momentum will help to strengthen technical cooperation for the successful completion of the ITER project, which is of such vital importance to the development of the world’s future energy.”

As CMA contractor, MOMENTUM will manage and coordinate the assembly and installation of more than one million components for the ITER reactor. At its centre is the world’s largest tokamak, an experimental machine  designed  to  harness  the energy of fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the sun.

The scope of services includes contract management, configuration management, project management, construction preparation, site coordination, works supervision, and activities leading up to mechanical completion. The contract does not cover design or fabrication of components, construction of the buildings or building services.

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