Posted on: 14th July 2006

During the 9th ITER preparatory meeting, held in Cadarache (France) on Thursday, delegations from the seven ITER Parties approved nominee Director-General Kaname Ikeda´s proposals for the six Deputy Director General posts in the top management structure of ITER. ITER will be a major experimental facility to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power, and will be constructed in the South of France. The current Parties in the ITER project are China, European Union, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the USA.

The six Deputy Director General nominees are:
Administration: WANG Shaoqi (China)
Safety and Security: Carlos ALEJALDRE (EU/Spain)
Fusion Science and Technololgy: Valery CHUYANOV (Russian Federation)
Tokamak Systems: Gary JOHNSON (USA)
Central Engineering: KIM Yong Hwan (Korea)
Control/Heating and current Drive/Diagnostics: Dhiraj BORA (India)

A brief summary of the CV’s of the new designees is attached.

This was the first meeting of the ITER Preparatory Committee since the initialling of the international Agreement to establish the ITER Organization, and it marked the start of a new stage in the preparations for the project.

The Committee also endorsed the planning of the build up of the ITER staff, of the budget estimates for 2006 and 2007, and of the technical activities to be pursued in the coming months and years. It also discussed the various preparations needed to bring the ITER Organisation into effective operation once the Agreement is signed. The signing, which will legally establish the International ITER Organisation, is expected in late November.

Brief Curriculum Vitae of Designated DDGs

Safety/Security – Carlos Alejaldre
Starting out with basic studies in plasma heating and stability, he led the construction of a stellarator for CIEMAT, and directed the Spanish bid for hosting ITER in Spain. Most recently, he is Director-General for Technology in the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education.

Administration – Wang Shaoqi
Originally an electrical engineer in ship manufacture, he was for a long time Director-General for the Chinese Department of International Cooperation in Science and Technology, and most recently Minister-Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in France.

Science and Technology – Valeri Chuyanov
Following early work in experimental physics and fusion research in Russia and abroad, he joined ITER in 1992. He has a deep knowledge of ITER systems at first hand, and many years of successful participation in the organisation of international scientific cooperation.

Tokamak – Gary Johnson
Worked initially on the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation programme at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA). Was ITER Vacuum Vessel Group Leader between 1993 and 1999, and since 1999 has been working on the Spallation Neutron Source project at ORNL, most recently as Experimental Facilities Division Installation Manager.

CE – Yong Hwan Kim
A trained mechanical engineer, involved in the development and implementation of Korean national policies promoting science and technology, through the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Played a leading role in establishing the long-term national nuclear fusion R&D programme.

CODAC – Dhiraj Bora
Professor and Project Leader at the Institute for Plasma research Bhat (India). He has been active in plasma physics research for over 25 years, in particular on radio frequency heating and current drive in tokamaks. Is currently project leader for the ADITYA tokamak.

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS RELEASE

ITER will be a major experimental facility to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. The construction costs of ITER are estimated at 4.7 billion Euro over ten years, a large part of which will be awarded in the form of contracts to industrial companies and fusion research institutions. Another five billion Euros are foreseen for the twenty-year exploitation period.

Europe will contribute a major share of the costs, while the other six parties to this joint international venture (Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, India, and the USA), will contribute the rest. In June 2005, the partners decided unanimously to choose the European site at Cadarache, in the South of France, as the location for the construction of ITER.

Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a prototype fusion power plant that is safe and reliable, environmentally responsible, economically viable, with abundant and widespread fuel resources.