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