Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has secured a five-year contract extension to continue as architect-engineer for the international fusion energy project ITER.

ITER project aims to develop a magnetic fusion device that can produce 500MW of fusion power from 50MW of input heating power.

35 countries are collaborating to build the fusion device in southern France.

SNC-Lavalin Nuclear president Sandy Taylor said: “We are honoured to continue to be a key contributor to one of the most ambitious carbon-free, sustainable energy projects in the world.

“This contract renewal demonstrates our client’s trust in our proven abilities on the project. Thirty-five nations are collaborating at ITER to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy, and based on the same principle that powers our sun and stars.”

According to the contract, Atkins will design and construct all the site’s buildings and offer services, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical supplies, commercial and industrial (C&I), fire safety and mechanical handling.

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The company will also be responsible for infrastructure works at the site, including roads, networks and galleries.

Atkins will manage project works as part of Engage consortium, which consists of French companies Assystem and Egis and Spanish groups, including Empresarios Agrupados. It will be working on the project until 2025.

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the EU’s Joint Undertaking for ITER.

Atkins Nuclear New Build market director Christophe Junillon said: “As part of the Engage consortium, Atkins has been working for the last ten years on ITER.

“The five-year extension and contract renewal from F4E is a testament to the hard work and the collaborative effort of the teams involved in this genuinely groundbreaking project and we are thrilled to continue our significant involvement.”