Amec Foster Wheeler to work on simulator to validate ITER reactor and train operators
- Contract award underlines leading expertise in conceptual design and engineering for new nuclear technologies
Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it has been appointed to carry out design development work on an integrated plant simulator for the ITER nuclear fusion reactor.
The company will draw up technical specifications and implementation plans for the simulator along with three subcontractors: the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Fortum, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
We are delighted to have been asked to lead this work which will play an important part in preparing for the integrated operation of the ITER machine. This contract award demonstrates the depth of expertise in Clean Energy’s software and consultancy services team, which develops and licenses its ANSWERS radiation transport computer codes to a wide range of clients. These codes are currently used to support all stages of the nuclear fission plant operational cycle; we now have the opportunity to extend their application to a full-scale nuclear fusion facility.
The simulator will bring an integrated approach to the training of operators and will support the commissioning and operation phases at ITER, which is building the world’s largest nuclear fusion machine at Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in the South of France.
To validate the design and design modifications, plant simulators are being developed for the heating, plasma and cryogenic systems. The integrated plant simulator is vital in understanding the behaviour of the full ITER machine because it provides the capability to simulate how these interconnected systems interact.
This contract adds to Amec Foster Wheeler’s existing work at ITER, which includes a 10-year construction management contract, remote handling and robotics for the neutral beam, conceptual design and engineering for a remotely operated cutting and packaging system to reduce the volume of waste, design of a remotely operated rail and trolley system for maintenance and inspection of the cryostat, and studies into decommissioning and decontamination.
Amec Foster Wheeler (www.amecfw.com) designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.
Employing around 36,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.
Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.
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The ANSWERS Software Service, part of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, supplies high quality software and consultancy services for customers world-wide in the areas of reactor physics, radiation shielding, dosimetry, nuclear criticality, well logging and nuclear data. To learn more: www.answerssoftwareservice.com
ITER – designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power – will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility. Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars: when light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, abundant and environmentally responsible energy source. ITER is also a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Europe is contributing almost half of the costs of its construction, while the other six members of this joint international venture (China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), are contributing equally to the rest. The ITER Project is under construction in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, in the south of France. For more information on the ITER Project, visit: www.iter.org
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