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Six architects charged with creating the design of ITER annex buildings

1 June 2007 | 14:24 | Press releases

To create a design for the so-called annex buildings on the ITER site, a competition for architects is being held. The annex buildings include office buildings, a public relations and welcome centre, a restaurant, an access control and a medical office. The 27-strong jury — composed of representatives of the ITER Organization, local politicians, representatives of the European Commission, Director of CEA/Cadarache, and architects — came together on 20 March to agree on the rules for the competition. They reviewed 25 applications of architects of which six were invited to provide a detailed design. In July, the jury will meet again to review the architects’ proposals and choose the winner.

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Kaname Ikeda

12 April 2007 | 3:29 | Press releases

Kaname IkedaThe Director General (DG) of ITER is the Chief Executive Officer of the ITER Organisation. The DG is responsible to the Council for its efficient execution. The DG therefore supervises the appointment of its staff and their work, and works with the Council to obtain resources and resolve any problems.

Currently, the ITER DG Nominee is Kaname Ikeda.The Project Team is responsible for executing the project and coordinating the procurements, machine assembly and eventual operation. It consists of directly employed staff and staff seconded by the Parties. Staff are appointed on renewable five-year contracts, allowing the needs of the project to be adapted as it proceeds.
The Project Team is mainly located at the Cadarache construction site. The DG heads major divisions for Safety, Licensing and QA, for Administration, and for Science and Technology, the latter being a major point of interaction for ITER’s future plasma physics and nuclear technology customers.

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“Broader Approach” agreement signed

12 April 2007 | 3:23 | News

On Monday 5 February in Tokyo, the Euratom and the Japanese government signed the”Broader Approach” agreement that was initialled on 22 November 2006, the day after the signing of the ITER agreement in Paris. This agreement is part of the deal hammered out during the site decision process, defining a “previlidged partnership” for Japan and setting out the work to be carried out jointly by the EU and Japan in support of ITER.

The EU/Japan agreement lasts 10 years and represents some 340 million Euro of European investment. The cooperation aims to complement the ITER Project and to accelarate the realisation of fusion energy as a clean and sustainable energy source, by carrying out R&D and developing some advanced technologies for a future demonstration fusion power reactor (DEMO).

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ITER site preparation start

12 April 2007 | 3:00 | News

The preparation of the ITER site has started on 29 January. Until October 2007, a site of 180 hectares next to the Cadarache site will be prepared for the construction of ITER, under the supervision of the Agence ITER France.

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Euratom’s EFDA has three locations

12 April 2007 | 1:00 | News

Euratom’s EFDA has three locations, which each house a so-called Close Support Unit (CSU), responsible for one or more of EFDAs activities. The EFDA-CSU Garching is located in Garching, near Munich (Germany), and is hosted by the German Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik. EFDA-CSU Culham is hosted by the UKAEA laboratory in Culham (UK), home of JET. Finally, EFDA-CSU Barcelona is hosted by the Spanish fusion laboratory CIEMAT in Barcelona (Spain).

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European Joint Undertaking

12 April 2007 | 0:00 | News

The European Joint Undertaking for the ITER Fusion energy organization and the development of fusion energy has been established by the Council of the European Union at its meeting in Brussels on 27 March. The Joint Undertaking will form the European Domestic Agency that will manage the EU’s contribution to ITER. Switzerland is in the process of extending its accession to the ELE and ITER (via Euratom).

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