Capula joins Amec Foster Wheeler for world’s largest nuclear fusion project

Capula is delighted to announce its selection by Amec Foster Wheeler as part of an alliance to development and deliver the Neutral Beam Cell Remote Handling System on the ITER fusion reactor at Cadarache in the South of France, on behalf of Fusion for Energy (F4E).

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union’s Joint Undertaking for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) – an international research and engineering project, which involves building the world's largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor aimed at demonstrating the technical feasibility of nuclear fusion as a future power source.

The Remote Handling system in the Neutral Beam Cell is crucial to the success of ITER. Neutral Beam injectors are used to heat up the plasma inside the reactor until it is hot enough for fusion to take place. The Neutral Beam Remote Handling system will facilitate maintenance, repair and replacement of these complex internal systems – each the size of a bus – during outages.

Having been awarded a seven year framework worth up to €70 million by F4E, Amec Foster Wheeler will lead the project as prime contractor and has selected Capula to provide control system solutions alongside several other specialist sub-contractors to form an alliance (European Remote Handling Alliance) to deliver projects within this framework. Making up the alliance are Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Hyde Group, Reel SAS of France, Walischmiller Engineering GmbH of Germany, VTT and TUT of Finland and MAGyICS of KU Leuven, Belgium.

“Capula’s selection for this alliance highlights our nuclear experience and expertise in delivering high quality control system solutions in this area,” said Capula Managing Director Roger Turner, “We are pleased to be partnering with Amec Foster Wheeler to play our part in this important landmark project.”

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