The consortium made up of the companies Ansaldo Nucleare (Italy), GMV (Spain) and Tecnatom has signed a framework contract for support for remote control activities in the international thermonuclear fusion project. ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is a large scale scientific experiment aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of electricity production through nuclear fusion, and is currently under construction at Cadarache (France).
The consortium led by Tecnatom, will develop equipment and techniques for operating activities inside the reactor vessel. Specifically, Tecnatom will be in charge of developing the in-service inspection programmes for the vessel internals and of their maintenance. Given the complexity and characteristics of this reactor, all this equipment is operated automatically and remotely.
These activities are now added to others that Tecnatom has performed in recent years within the framework of the ITER project, such as the non-destructive testing of the toroidal coil precompression rings or the supply of inspection equipment for the reactor vessel welds.