|As ITER site preparations get under way, Fusion and Industry recently organised a two-day trade mission to ITER for UK companies hoping to benefit from early engineering services contracts.
UK industry delegation at the ITER site
In addition to meeting ITER engineering and senior staff, the trip included an opportunity to meet French companies looking for collaborative and consortia opportunities.
ITER site preparations are gathering momentum. The site has been cleared, and civil engineering projects are being let. Dan Mistry, head of Fusion and Industry, UKAEA, organised a programme of meetings for Atkins Global, Halcrow Group, AMEC Nuclear and Lloyds Register on 15 and 16 July.
The visit was timely as ITER begins looking for suppliers for its Engineering Services Contracts covering building design, specification, planning and civil engineering.
Gary Johnson, Deputy Director General (DDG) and head of the Department for Tokamak said: ”We welcome the opportunity to meet UK companies and brief them on various ITER projects. It is a two-way process in which we too can learn about the latest manufacturing technology and so better assess what is possible from suppliers.”
The two days included meetings with Dr Dhiraj Bora – ITER DDG for CODAC & IT, Heating & Current Drive & Diagnostics, Jerry Sovka, Head of Civil Construction & Site, Eisuke Tada, ITER Project Office and Fiona Digby-Grant, ITER Head of Contracts
The trade mission also involved meeting a number of French companies who are looking for collaborative and consortia opportunities.
David Boyd, Strategy Director – Power, Halcrow Group Ltd, commented, “We welcome Fusion and Industry taking the initiative to arrange this trade mission. This is our second trade mission, the first being to the ITER Business Forum (IBF) in Nice in France at the end of 2007. As a result we are now in a position to focus our efforts on those forthcoming projects where we have a real chance of winning business.”