Jacobs to design and engineer remotely operated tools for ITER

Two 440-tonne vacuum vessel sectors suspended inside the twin sector sub-assembly tools at ITER.

Jacobs has been chosen to design and engineer remotely operated tools for ITER, the world’s largest fusion power project.

The contract covers work on up to 25 diagnostic ports and systems that are critical for operating and sustaining the ITER experimental machine now being built in Provence, France.

The project, which has a four-year framework with a possible two-year extension, will capitalise on extensive remote-handling experience and knowledge of the diagnostics and port cell areas gained from previous work.

“Our support of the maintenance of these diagnostics systems not only delivers on Jacobs’ commitment to climate response but also our purpose of creating a more connected, sustainable world,” said Jacobs energy, security and technology senior vice president, Karen Wiemelt.

“Through our team in Aix-en-Provence, combined with the full strength of Jacobs’ global capability, we will work with ITER to channel our technology-enabled knowledge and experience towards benefitting people and the planet.”

ITER, which is supported by more than 30 nations, aims to create the conditions for a self-sustaining fusion reaction, which is a crucial stepping-stone towards developing fusion power stations and creating a new source of emission-free, almost unlimited energy for the world.

Jacobs, which has approximately $15bn in annual revenue and a workforce of more than 60,000, provides a range of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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