Construction site of project ITER in Cadarache, France.
The ITER organization is currently building the
largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor to date in Cadarache in southern
France. Construction of the large-scale plant is scheduled for completion by
2025, when the first plasma will be ignited. In the long term, it is hoped that
a proportion of global energy needs can be met using nuclear fusion. To this
end, 35 nations are involved in the project, with the numerous subprojects
being awarded to just as many companies worldwide. MDT in Deggendorf has now landed
its third order for the mammoth project.
The first contract came from the D. V. Efremov
Institute in Russia and required 1,000 metric tons of stainless steel to be
made into what are called the upper ports. Built in Deggendorf, these form the
upper-level entryways to the donut-shaped vacuum vessel at the heart of the
MDT Deggendorf, one of the first firms on site, has
been finalizing the outer shell of the experiment since mid-2016. The cryostat
is the machine’s refrigerator, as it were, and encloses the vacuum vessel and
the superconducting coils that contain the plasma. Customer Larsen & Toubro
(India) is making 54 individual stainless steel components and transporting
them to France, where they are then assembled and welded together by MDT
Deggendorf to form a cylindrical container weighing a total of 3,550 metric
tons that stands about 30 meters high and measures 30 meters in diameter.
The latest and third contract is from Walter Tosto in
Italy. It requires Deggendorf to build 13 port stubs by 2018. They connect the
upper ports with the vacuum vessel.
Renowned for its specialized welding technology, MDT
in Deggendorf is using the site’s experienced personnel for assembly and
processing work on these contracts. It is also in charge of testing the
components. “We are proud to have won what is now the third contract for this
complex project. In addition to order intake in the mid-eight figures in euros,
it will also provide us with very good references for the future,” says Armin
Kroiss, Project Manager MDT Deggendorf.
BU: The upper ring of the vacuum vessel is made up of
stainless steel ports built by MDT in Deggendorf.
The cryostat shell is being assembled by MDT
Deggendorf in Cadarache.
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