Under the seven-year contract, Amec Foster Wheeler, as prime contractor, will be responsible for the design, manufacture, delivery, on-site integration, commissioning and final acceptance tests of the neutral beam cell remote handling system.

F4E is the European Union (EU) organization responsible for the continent’s contribution to ITER project, which is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.

The neutral beam injectors are used to heat up the plasma inside the reactor to enable fusion, while remote handling system is used to maintain, repair and replace the complex internal systems of these machines during outages.

Sub-contractors for the project include the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) of Finland, Reel, Wälischmiller Engineering, Hyde, Capula, KU Leuven – Magyics and Culham Centre for Fusion.

VTT smart industry and energy systems executive vice-president Jouko Suokas said: "The mechanical designs and viewing, control and virtual technologies related to ITER can also be applied across a wide range of different industries worldwide."