ITER is a complex engineering project and is jointly funded by the US, China, Europe, Russian Federation, India, Japan and Republic of Korea. The aim is to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy.

The Engage consortium, which is made up of Atkins, Assystem (France), Iosis (France) and Empresarios Agrupados (Spain) will assist F4E during the entire construction process, from detailed design to works completion for the ITER buildings and the site infrastructures and the distribution of the power supplies.

At the peak of the design activity, more than 230 engineers and designers will work on the contract. While most of the teams will work in F4E’s offices in Cadarache, southern France, some design work will also be carried out in the consortium members’ own offices.

Martin Grant, managing director of energy business at Atkins, said: ”As members of the Engage consortium we will be involved in all stages of the design and construction of the ITER complex, providing civil, structural and mechanical engineering, together with commercial management through our cost consultants, Faithful+Gould.”