A Tokamak fusion device is to be developed in Hefei, capital city of east China's Anhui Province by the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

According to state media reports, the programme is said to require a total investment of nearly yuan 300 million ($37 million).

The programme is due to begin in March or April with experimentation due to start in July or August.

The so-called experimental advanced superconducting Tokamak (East) project, an upgrade of China’s first superconducting Tokamak device the HT-7, is being developed at only one fifteenth the cost of similar devices being developed in the other parts of the world, said the reports.

“The EAST project research results will be significant for the International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor, or ITER, in terms of basic research both in engineering technology and physics,” said project leader Wan Yuanxi.