International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which is the world’s biggest six-country scientific collaboration to generate nuclear fusion energy in France, will get its heart from Gujarat.
The Institute of Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, is supervising the fabrication of reactor’s crucial parts – the cryostat and the vacuum vessel – at L&T’s plant in Hazira near Surat.
The cryostat and the vacuum vessel of the ITER Tokamak fusion reactor is the heaviest, the largest and the most central component.
The site is spread over 180 hectares — the size of 60 soccer fields — on which it has a 42 hectare platform to mount the nine-storey reactor.
India has been part of the project since 2005. The ITER Agreement was signed by China, the EU, India, Japan, S Korea, Russia and the United States.