April 16, 2010
Atkins, as part of the Engage consortium, has signed an engineering contract in Europe with Fusion for Energy (F4E). The consortium has been awarded the architect engineer contract for the building and civil infrastructures for ITER, an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France. The Engage contract is valued at approximately 150 million Euros.
Martin Grant, managing director of Atkins’ energy business, said:
“As members of the Engage consortium we will be involved in all stages of the design and construction of the ITER complex, providing civil, structural and mechanical engineering, together with commercial management through our cost consultants, Faithful+Gould.”
The Engage consortium is made up of Atkins, Assystem (France), Iosis (France) and Empresarios Agrupados (Spain). As architect engineer, the consortium will assist F4E during the entire construction process, from detailed design to works completion for the ITER buildings as well as the site infrastructures and the distribution of the power supplies. At the peak of the design activity, more than 230 engineers and designers will work on the contract. While most of the teams will work in F4E’s offices in Cadarache, southern France, some design work will also be carried out in the consortium members’ own offices.
Frank Briscoe, director of F4E, said: “F4E has full responsibility for the construction of the technical buildings necessary for the implementation of the ITER reactor.”
ITER is jointly funded by the USA, China, Europe, Russian Federation, India, Japan and Republic of Korea.