F4E 2nd information meeting: Buildings for ITER
Participants at the F4E meeting concerning Buildings for ITER
F4E hosted an information meeting regarding the procurement packages for the construction of the ITER buildings on 22 November in Cadarache, France.
As well as finding out more about the general project strategy, getting an overview of the planning and the procurement procedures and learning more about the buildings construction allotment strategy, the 120 participants who came from various industrial companies and from 11 different EU countries had the opportunity to have short face-to-face meetings with the F4E technical and procurement teams and the possibility to develop B2B contacts to form potential consortia and increase the possibilities of subcontracting.
Professor Osamu Motojima, ITER Director-General, was represented during the meeting by Tim Watson, Head of Directorate for Tokamak Complex Civil Construction and Site Support Office, who stressed that the progress of the buildings is an important signal as it shows that ITER is progressing. He also highlighted the significance of delivering the different buildings on schedule as uncompleted buildings would delay the assembling of the machine.
F4E’s Head of Contracts & Procurement Department, Philippe Corréa, and Chief Engineer, Maurizio Gasparotto, highlighted the progress achieved by F4E: over 1 billion EUR worth of contracts have been already awarded in the European market and successful technical development of the vacuum vessel and the divertor has been carried out.