Fusion for Energy (F4E) has extended the ITER Architect Engineer contract with Engage until 2025. The consortium is awarded contract renewal worth €30 million.
The contract is one of the biggest engineering contracts in Europe, having responsibility for the delivery of the entire building and civil infrastructure scope of the ITER project.
Since its initial award to Engage in 2010, the majority of ITER buildings are close to completion with six buildings at the site already delivered, which has involved 3,700,000 hours of work from around 300 expert engineers and designers working around the clock to build the prototype.
The Engage consortium is comprised of Egis, Assystem, Atkins and Empresarios Agrupados. The scope of their work as Architect Engineer is to assist F4E through the entire construction process, from the elaboration of the detailed design to the final acceptance of the work. It includes the different ITER buildings, as well as the site infrastructure and the distribution of the power supplies.
The next phase of the work will require Engage to deliver the Tokamak building in 2020, a key milestone in achieving first plasma in 2025.
Gilles Schartle, Project Director for the Engage consortium, said: “It is with great pleasure that Egis welcomes F4E’s decision to extend the Architect Engineer contract with the Engage consortium in which the Group has been active since April 20I0. Over and beyond this display trust, it represents the accomplishment of the collaborative work conducted by all our teams with F4E. This extension is a new challenge that all our team members enthusiastically accept, with the reaffirmed ambition of continuing to be an effective and loyal partner to F4E."
Laurent Schmieder, F4E Programme Manager for Buildings, Infrastructure and Power Supplies, said: "The prolongation of our collaboration with the Engage consortium relies on the solid partnership, which has been established step by step since the contract signature. It’s a clear demonstration of our determination to conclude together the design and construction of all buildings of the most ambitious project in the field of fusion energy."
Hubert Labourdette, Managing Director of Engage said: "Thanks to the high level of collaboration with F4E and all stakeholders of the project, we have collectively succeeded in delivering the buildings of one of the most complex and challenging projects in the world. This extension from F4E is a recognition of our added value and contribution. It reinforces our commitment to support the successful delivery of ITER, which is crucial for future generations."