France’s Orano, through its engineering subsidiary Orano Projets, has been awarded a contract by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) for its expertise in the fields of dependability analysis and integrated logistics support (SLI). The two-year contract covers all systems, structures and components of the ITER advanced fusion reactor currently under construction in the south of France.

Under the terms of the contract, which could be extended for an additional year, Orano will provide an expert appraisal of the content of the dependability analyses carried out by the various suppliers to the ITER project. This work will relate to validation of the engineering studies demonstrating optimal operational availability of the installation throughout its service life. Orano will also issue technical recommendations. Such studies focus on the design choices made to ensure the reliability of the installation, as well as the definition of the maintenance system (accessibility, human resources, tooling and spare parts requirements).

Orano said the new contract strengthens its position in and contribution to the ITER project, with several previous contracts won in critical areas (safety, fuel cycle, etc.). "We are proud to have been chosen by ITER to provide our expertise for the analysis of engineering studies. I would like to thank ITER for their trust, which is a recognition of the commitment and know-how of Orano Projets' teams, as well as their ability to support our customer in achieving the highest levels of operational availability", said Guillaume Dureau, Senior Executive Vice President of Orano Projets."

Image: The ITER Site in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, France (courtesy of Orano)