World’s largest nu­clear fu­sion re­ac­tor to be built with the help of L&T

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The world’s largest nu­clear fu­sion re­ac­tor is on track to go on­line in France in 2025 with In­dian com­pany Larsen and Toubro de­liv­er­ing ma­jor com­po­nents for the in­ter­na­tional project from its strate­gic fa­cil­ity in Hazira. L&T has al­ready de­liv­ered 24 parts for the project and is on tar­get to com­plete its share of the work by the end of 2019, se­nior com­pany of­fi­cials told ET. At present, the cryo­stat base — the largest sin­gle com--

po­nent of the project — is be­ing as­sem­bled by In­dian en­gi­neers at the site in France. As many as 54 seg­ments for the world’s largest fu­sion de­vice that can gen­er­ate 500 mw of power are be­ing fab­ri­cated in In­dia, in­clud­ing the base of the 3,850-tonne cryo­stat at the core of the sys­tem. While the In­dian share of the fab­ri­ca­tion work will fin­ish by the end of 2019, the first ex­per­i­ments on the project are planned for 2025.

The ITER Agree­ment, con­cluded in 2006, is a 35-year col­lab­o­ra­tion to build and op­er­ate an ex­per­i­men­tal ma­chine, or toka­mak, to har­ness the en­ergy of fu­sion. The project is funded by seven key mem­bers – the Euro­pean Union, Ja­pan, China, Rus­sia, the US, South Korea and In­dia. The In­dian con­tri­bu­tion is ex­pected to be roughly 10% of the cost.

Of­fi­cials said that the project has given L&T a unique ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with high-end tech­nol­ogy that will help it in the global market.

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