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South Korea completes first section of ITER vessel

The first of seven sections of the vacuum vessel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in southern France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping.

The vacuum vessel is a 5,000-tonne steel chamber designed to house the world's first reactor-scale fusion plasma at Iter.

Iter said that according to its machine assembly plan, section number six of the vacuum vessel, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be shipped to Iter’s Cadarache site followed by section number seven, which is also being manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is more than 90% complete.

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