Unable to decide on ITER

1 October 2003

With European Union (EU) ministers poised to choose their preferred site to host the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER), an independent EU assessment of the two key EU contenders has concluded that both the French site at Cadarache, and Spain's Vandellós "would be likely to win the international site selection." That said, the report's detail appeared to highlight practical advantages enjoyed by the French site, in Provence, namely that it is already an operational research facility, while Vandellós, in Catalonia, is almost a greenfield site. However, it added that developing Vandellós would be around EUROS34-274 million cheaper than at Cadarache.
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