Nuclear pressure equipment, a key one of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, has been produced by a Chinese enterprise and shipped to France, according to China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) on Jan. 28, Xinhuanet.com reported.
The equipment, used in nuclear fusion, is the first of its kind successfully developed by China. The four steam traps, also known as “VST,” have passed a series of acceptance tests.
Gao Feng, a vice director with the enterprise disclosed that the delivery cycle of the equipment is only 15 months, half that of the same type of nuclear power equipment.
Gao added that the smooth delivery fully displays Chinese enterprises’ capability in equipment manufacturing and project management.
ITER, currently under construction in southern France with an investment of 15 billion Euros, is a 10-year-old international project aimed at exploring the commercial use of fusion power, the same energy source that our Sun uses to light and warm Earth.