L&T-made major cryostat base installed in world’s largest nuclear fusion project in France
Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said it has achieved a major milestone by manufacturing the 1,250 tonne single largest section of the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor in France, and the section has been successfully placed into a reactor building there.
Assembly tools of the 1,250-tonne cryostat were delivered during the lockdown by the heavy engineering arm of L&T to ensure the uninterrupted assembly of cryostat in reactor pit in southern France.
The cryostat forms the vacuum-tight container surrounding the reactor vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets and acts essentially as a very large refrigerator.
India is among the seven elite countries funding the USD 20 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) programme in Cadarache, France. This is one of the world’s largest research project that seeks to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power.
EDF wants India to play important role in its strategy of becoming carbon neutral by 2050
French electric utility company Électricité de France (EDF) expects India to play an important role in its global strategy of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
EDF has an ambitious target of doubling renewable installed capacity worldwide by 2030 to 50 GW and has identified renewable energy, smart metering, smart cities, transmission and distribution, and nuclear power as key growth areas in India.
EDF which took over the contract to build India’s largest nuclear power project comprising six atomic power reactors totalling around 10 GW after the original contractor Areva went bankrupt, is in discussions with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) over the techno-commercial offer that was submitted in December 2018.
Commenting on the projects, which has been much delayed due to local protests and over unresolved issues over sovereign guarantee, Nagi said, “We are slowly and steadily going in the right direction. NPCIL is working on the techno- commercial offer. We are engaging with them closely and hope that this will finally be converted into a binding agreement in the coming months.”
The project aims to localize the first two reactors to up to 20% and increase the share of locally manufactured gears to 60% for the last two.