ITER schedule approved: first plasma due by 2019

29 July 2010

The ITER Council has unanimously approved the overall project schedule and the overall project cost (OPC) for the international experimental fusion reactor ITER at a meeting in France.

The main project milestone is to achieve the first plasma in November 2019. The start of Deuterium-Tritium operation is planned for March 2027. The ITER Council however encouraged the ITER Organization to explore ways to optimize the schedule in order to begin Deuterium-Tritium operation in 2026, if possible.

The ITER Council, the Governing Body of the ITER Organization, convened for the extraordinary meeting on 28 July. The meeting in Cadarache, France, brought together representatives of the seven ITER Members: China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States under the chairmanship of Evgeny Velikhov (Russia) and an observer from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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