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CGN-made VSTs for ITER project pass quality, technical reviews


CGN subsidiary China Nuclear Power Engineering Co transferred property rights in nuclear-grade steam condensate tanks (VSTs) to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in Cadarache, Provence, France on Aug 9.

Located in South France’s Cadarache, the ITER project is one of the world’s largest and most influential international scientific research cooperation projects with a total investment of 15 billion euros ($17 billion, as of 2015).

Known as "artificial sun", the project will develop large-scale controlled thermonuclear fusion reactions through a superconducting tokamak device. Construction will span more than 10 years.

The project integrates the major scientific and technological achievements of controlled magnetic confinement fusion to build a fusion reactor that can produce large-scale fusion reactions. It is a key step in the application of controlled nuclear fusion research, and has gained strong support from governments and scientific circles worldwide.

In May 2016, the consortium formed between China Nuclear Power Engineering Co and Suzhou Thvow Technology Co, won the bid for the VST design and manufacturing of the ITER project by defeating enterprises from the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and India in a more than five month competition.

They received the Letter of Acceptance on Sep 22, 2016 and, becoming the first Chinese companies to win a bid for the ITER. China Nuclear Power Engineering Co is responsible for overall management of the project.

The ITER Organization signed a contract for the design and supply of the four VSTs with the two-company consortium on Nov 8, 2016.

Four VSTs were completed in only 15 months, reducing lead time of same-type nuclear power equipment by half. They were shipped for delivery in Zhangjiagang on Jan 28 and arrived at the project site in France on April 13.

The successful handover symbolizes that all four VSTs and related documents passed quality reviews and met the technical specifications on the contract. The ITER Organization spoke highly of the technical literacy and professionalism of the two companies throughout the process.