Amec Foster Wheeler wins nuclear fusion deal

Amec Foster Wheeler has been appointed to carry out design development work on an integrated plant simulator for the ITER nuclear fusion reactor.

The company will draw up technical specifications and implementation plans for the simulator along with subcontractors UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Fortum, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

ITER is building the world’s largest nuclear fusion machine at Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in France.

To validate the design, plant simulators are being developed for the heating, plasma and cryogenic systems. The integrated plant simulator is vital in understanding the behaviour of the full ITER machine because it provides the capability to simulate how these interconnected systems interact.

The Amec Foster Wheeler simulator will bring an integrated approach to the training of operators and will support the commissioning and operation phases at ITER.

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