Fusion for Energy contracts AMEC for ITER components

AMEC has been awarded two contracts by Fusion for Energy (F4E), the organisation responsible for providing Europe’s contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which is being built in southern France.

The first contract, worth up to €4m (£3.3m), sees AMEC and its partners deliver the concept designs for the test blanket module components that convert neutrons into tritium to fuel the fusion reaction.

AMEC’s partners include Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research), Idaho National Laboratories and specialist companies such as Hyde Engineering Group.

For the second contract, the value of which has not been announced, AMEC has formed a joint venture with Iberdrola Engineering and Construction and Leading Enterprises Group of Spain to provide engineering design services to develop a semi-prototype panel for the internal wall of the fusion reactor.