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News✁Welcome!« A lot of ITER expatriates have expressed the wishto create links with the local French population andto have access to occasional personalized assistanceespecially on arrival » says Shawn Simpson incharge of the intercultural and languages programin the Welcome Office of Agence Iter France. Withthis in mind, the agency offers a simple and effectivesystem: mentaing. « We give French volunteersthe opportunity to mentor a person or a family, »she says. A first meeting was held on September13 th at Cadarache Castle where a hundred people ofall nationalities met informally. This lively eveningallowed first contacts to be made and that will beWelcoming the workersAt the public meeting in Vinon-sur-Verdon, onOctober 19 th , 2012, the ITER local information commission(CLI ITER) intends to tackle all the questionsabout the consequences of accommodating nearly3 000 to 4 000 workers for the ITER constructionsite in Cadarache in the next few years. Subjectsdiscussed will include the local municipality's housingand accommodation capacities for constructionstaff, the issue of transport and the consequencesof an increase in road traffic that could lead to theeventual saturation of site access or access to healthThe New Directorof the International SchoolPierre Fronsacq started his firstschool year at the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur InternationalSchool along with 520 studentsattending the school in Manosquewhich opened four years ago. Theformer economics teacher is aInstigated by the French Federation for Natureand Environment (FNE), elected officials, environmentalassociations and institutional bodies metat the Durance territorial workshop held on27 th September 2012 in Manosque to share theirviews on the consequences of developing the Valde Durance area. With the presence of the CEA(Commissariat for Atomic Energy and AlternativeEnergies) for over 50 years, the construction ofthe ITER research facility and the emergenceof the Energy City this valley of new energies isemerging in terms of projects, jobs, innovationcare. First Carlos Alejaldre, Deputy Director Generalof ITER Organization, will present an overview ofthe ITER site and the next operations planned,then Gilles Barsacq, Secretary General for RegionalBusiness (SGAR) at the Bouches-du-Rhône Préfecture,Pamela Jérôme, Director of Agence Iter France,representatives of the Regional Directorate for theEnvironment, Development and Housing (Dreal) andthe Rector will endeavour to answer all questionsduring this autumn's meeting. ■Local NewsFor the Emergence of the Valley ofNew EnergiesFree Subscriptionquickly reinforced by upcoming events. Do not hesi-tate to volunteer, contact shawn.simpson@cea.fr. ■graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, the universitiesof Strasbourg, Paris (Sorbonne) and Montreal (McGillUniversity) and has more than 30 years of experience inthe management of educational institutions acquiredin New York, Montreal, Washington, Texas, Florida andFrance. This year, he will have the pleasure of submittingthe first European Baccalaureate students. ■and implementation of new companies. As well asfinding a balance between development and theconservation of natural areas, the aim is to lay thefoundations for the governance of developmentprojects. Alongside the creation of a RegionalInterest Operation (OIR), which will result inthe adoption of regional territorial developmentguidelines in December 2012, this approachadopted by the PACA Regional Council also aimsprimarily to class projects that will been definedon the basis of action and development principlesshared by those involved. ■I would like to take out a free subscriptionFirst name: ......................................................................................... Surname: ....................................................................................................Address: ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................Post Code : ......................................................................................... 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Town : ..........................................................................................................Send to:Agence Iter France - Service Communication - Bâtiment 521, centre de Cadarache - 13108 St Paul-Lez-DuranceIn accordance with the law n° 78-17 of 6 January 1978 relating to computers, files and liberties, you have the right to access, modify and delete yourpersonal data. You can exercise this right by contacting Agence Iter France, Centre de Cadarache, service communication, 13108 St Paul-lez-Durance.IN BRIEF1125Figure of the MonthThis is the length in meters of the canal water delivery pipe thatconnects the Vinon-sur-Verdon plain and the ITER construction site.Connection work was completed in early September 2012.It took the company Bonna Sabla, working for the company Canalde Provence (SCP), nearly six months to finalise laying the 1125 mpipeline. Along this new line, an optical fibre connected to a remotecontrol station will enable SCP to control the opening and closing ofthe valves according to the needs of the ITER project.WednesdayWorkshopsEducational workshops for schoolsare organized along with visitsto the ITER construction site.This is an opportunity todiscover the fascinating worldof fusion energy research andissues related to the conservationof the biodiversity atCadarache.VISIT THE ITER SITEFrom Monday to Friday!Visits must be booked in advance.Each visit is adapted to the profi leand interests of the visitors (general, scientifi c,technical, professional, educational...) andto the constraints of the construction site.Maximum 50 people per groupSend us a mail: visit@iter.orgInterfaces is edited by the Agence ITER France and freely distributedupon request, it provides information about the ITER construction sitewhich is fi nanced by Europe and France (including a part of the localauthority contributions of the PACA region).Director: Jérôme PamélaEditor: Sylvie André-Mitsialis - Tél. : 04 42 25 29 26sylvie.andre@agenceiterfrance.orgAlexandra Maraval,Publisher: Arc en CielPhoto Credits: All rights reserved, S. André, A. Maraval, ©AIF2011,DR, EIPACA.Agence Iter FranceBât 521 - 13108 St-Paul-lez-Durancewww.itercadarache.orgPEFC/10-31-1319English version of the AIF newsletterFACESnumber 40 //// sept.-oct. 2012IMAGEIndustrial Skillsand R&DOF THE MONTHThe kaleidoscope effect of the ITERwelcome building. The symmetrical reflection of thearchitectonic shapes in the bay window gives the impression that thestructures are built in perfect symmetry. In fact it is just an opticalillusion. The building, designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti, has aconference room with a capacity of 50 people.Alexandra, Magali, Thierry, BéatriceHandover from Thierry Brosseron to Fabrice CarleComings and Goingsat Agence Iter FranceAgence Iter France (AIF) is preparing for anew phase with handovers presently beingorganized.Agence Iter France (AIF), which is organized into projectteams, is developing and renewing. It began witha handover from Laetitia Grammatico who joined ITEROrganization and Beatrice Balp who succeeded her asLegal Officer for AIF last November.Having worked as an international tax legal expert in alawyers firm in Paris, Beatrice joined the CEA in 1997.Over the years she honed her skills in the fields ofprocurement, insurance and technology transfers beforemoving to « purchase / projects in the sales department »of the CEA / Marcoule until 2011. Another handover isunderway between Thierry Brosseron and Fabrice Carle,in charge of administration, management, finance andhuman resources. Appointed by Bernard Bigot, Directorof CEA, Thierry takes over the task of managinginternal control since 1 st October 2012. No doubt his25 years of professional experience in finance andaccounting in various entities of CEA along with hispragmatism will be extremely useful during the creationof a network and managing and monitoring tools for CEA.His new mission is to formalize the internal control proceduresimplemented at different levels and for projects,management processes, support activities, safety andEnglish version of the AIF newsletterFACESnumber 40 //// sept.-oct. 2012security. Fabrice is coming directly from the financialand management control service of the CEA / Cadarache.Through joining a structure organized into projectgroups he will have the opportunity to increase his rangeof skills.Magali Chabrand and Alexandra Dmitrieva-Sacha bothhave international experience.Magali who has travelled to no fewer than 32 countrieshas also lived in the United States and Asia. A graduatein Management and Business Management, she workedas a management and accounts controller before becominga consultant in business development and a trainer.Following a temporary assignment, she was recruitedlast summer as an assistant in the Agence Iter France.Born in Moscow of Russian and French nationality,Sacha studied law in Aix-en-Provence. On her returnto Moscow she landed a job at the Russian Ministry ofCulture and obtained the authorization to representthe federal agency for culture and cinematography in civil,administrative or arbitration proceedings. She thenbecame marketing manager for a bilingual economicand cultural magazine for which she wrote the articlesin French. She then returned to France where afterworking as an expert bailiff clerk in Toulon, she joinedthe Welcome Office of Agency Iter France where sheworks on welcoming ITER's expatriate employees andtheir families. ■


UpdateITER Headquarters:Finishing LineOn 17 September 2012, Agence Iter France and Léon GrosseProvence / Axima gathered on the site of the ITER headquartersalong with the future occupant ITER Organization,Fusion For Energy (F4E) and the engineering companiesfor the project to carry out the technical acceptance ofthe premises. The meeting began with a visit of the threebuildings and ended with the signing of the minutes markingthe acceptance of the work and the beginning of thereservations phase. ITER Organization are due to take fullpossession of the premises on October 5 th . ■IN BRIEF3Questions forJérôme PamelaDirector of AgenceIter France80% of Companiesare RegionalFront façade of the Headquarters office buildingIndustrial skillsAND R&DTitan test bench at the Research Institute for Fusion by Magnetic Confinement (IRFM)Contracts signed so far related to the construction of ITER at Cadarache include contracts for the preparation ofthe site, the itinerary for the transport of the ITER components, the construction of the international school inManosque and the first buildings. They also include those related to supply contracts of components providedby Europe or the provision of research and development, engineering and services.Several French companies have played their cards right winning 991 million Eurosworth of contracts out of a total of 1.7 billion Euros worth generated to this day bythe construction of ITER in Cadarache. This highlights the expertise of companiesin the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, and has strengthened links betweenresearch and industry.For example, one of the first components of ITER actually saw the light in Seynesur-Meras the result of a contract three years ago between Fusion for Energy(F4E) and Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM) (1) , the companyis renowned for its achievements in the field of energy, for example nuclear andthermodynamic solar energy. The prototype of the radial plates which they madeis now used as the manufacturing model for the cable-holding system of the superconductivecables in the heart of the ITER toroidal coils, one of the key elementsin the creation of the strong magnetic field that is needed to confine plasma inthe heart of the research facility. The dimension of each D-shaped radial plate is14 meters long and 9 meters wide and only 120 mm thick; grooves, for guidingthe superconducting cable, are cut according to very strict specifications. CNIM hasdeveloped a special production method using electron beam welding. Use of thismethod requires vacuum welding zones. « Of course it is not possible to build avacuum chamber that can hold a piece of this magnitude. We just need to use asmall vessel to create a vacuum around each area to be welded », explains Jean-Claude Cercassi, in charge of development within the company. This prototype,which has enabled us to ensure the feasibility of mass production, in particularthrough the respect of manufacturing tolerance, is not unique. SIMIC, an Italiancompany also sought out by F4E proposes a model welded using the « TIG NarrowGap » process. Now, these two companies have combined their skills to answer acall for tenders for the mass production of 70 radial plates.Industrial and Research DynamicsOther companies have also chosen to setup near Cadarache where the Valley of NewEnergies has taken root due to the growingmomentum of ITER, the development ofprojects carried out by CEA (Commissariat toAtomic Energy and Alternative Energies) andthe Capenergies cluster. To support theseprojects, EADS Astrium chose to create abranch in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in July 2009.« ITER is in charge of the assembly ofthe components of the research facility and is currently working on operativeassembly techniques. Our teams assist the project in the assembly proceduresof the machine via the management of interfaces and teleoperationsstudies to integrate and maintain each machine component, » says PierreRuibanys Chief of the local agency and "ITER Key Account Manager" for EADSRadial plate in CNIM workshopAstrium. « When a machine is being made, maintenance of elements alreadyassembled is just as important as work on the components being integrated. Ourteleoperation work focuses in particular on achieving these procedural techniquesin strict compliance with the norms and constraints of safety and security »he explains.Aix-en-Provence, Pertuis and Manosque, Volx and Pierrevert also house branchesset up by companies such as Versaplast, Soditech, the German Kraftanlagen-Heidelberg, Actin Engineering and C-CON. The initial impact of the project istherefore clearly visible, not to mention the various service providers used on adaily basis including IT, telecom and office service companies, travel agenciesand catering professionals.Local scientific expertise also remains active on the ITER project, in particularwith the involvement of the Research Institute for Fusion by MagneticConfinement (IRFM) at CEA/Cadarache, which created a 3D virtual realityroom in December 2010 that is now frequently used in collaboration with ITEROrganization. It is a unique tool for checking the compatibility and smoothintegration of all components in 3D. This room is also a training platform forassembly and maintenance operations as accessibility is one of the key pointsbecause of the complex geometry of the tokamak. ■(1)Present in the nuclear field since the 70 s , CNIM provides robotic systems, for example,and is also present in projects such as the Jules Horowitz research reactor under constructionin Cadarache and the George Besse II plant.IRFM BRIDGES WITH ITERLocated at CEA/Cadarache since the 80 s , IRFM is working on the design of one of the highfrequencyheating systems for the ITER plasma. Indeed, it is part of the Cycle consortium whichsigned an R & D contract with the European Agency F4E. The IRFM is particularly involvedin modelling the sheath effects in front of the antenna (plasma disruption), the systemmeasuring the density of the plasma by reflectometry and the study of the Faraday shield toprotect the antenna and to limit power dissipation. Currently, the institute in answering newtenders and also working on implementing the WEST platform. This has also led to an evolutionin the profile of the Tore Supra facility, the aim is to be able to validate the components that willmake up the ITER tungsten divertor, prepare for operations and test the specific measurementinstruments that will be involved.The total amount of contracts awarded by the Agence IterFrance has reached 57 million at the end of two years workon construction of the headquarters of the ITER Organization.It houses a restaurant with a thousand meal capacity,a 500-seat amphitheatre and a boardroom able to accommodatemore than 120 representatives from the different ITERmember parties. Approximately 80% of this amount has beenallocated to local companies such as the group of architectsRicciotti-Bonhomme-SNC-Lavalin Cap Ingelec responsiblefor project management, Léon Grosse Provence responsiblefor construction, EIS Clemessy for the high and low voltageequipment and APAVE South Europe for quality control. ■Audio / VideoAmenitiesAmphitheatreITER GamesWinnersThe second edition of the ITER Games, organized withthe communes of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance and Vinon-sur-Verdon, brought together 268 athletes in five disciplines:football tournaments, tennis, bowling, running and a kayakcompetition. Among the winners of the bowls tournamentwe note a good performance from Agence Iter France withMagali Chabrand and Charlene Borel taking third place.But it is not just about performance, conviviality is themain aim of these sports meetings. ■Constructionof the ITER CryostatThe construction contract for the cryostat awarded bythe Indian ITER Domestic Agency to the Indian companyLarsen & Toubro Ltd, was officially signed on 17 th August.This very big component weighing 3800 tons will beproduced in India and assembled in Cadarache. With adiameter of nearly 30 meters, this huge "box" will fulfil anessential role: it will thermally insulate the ITER magnetsso they can be brought down to the temperature of liquidhelium, 273° C below zero, which is essential for obtainingthe superconductive state. Manufacturing is about to begin,managed by the heavy engineering division of L & T in aplant located at Hazira near Surat on the west coast of India.This « shows that our project has now entered a decisivephase » the General Director Osamu Motojima ITER recentlydeclared. Too large to be transported in one piece, theTechnical acceptance of the premisesThe last strokes of paint have been given in the boardroomand amphitheatre of the ITER headquarters and the audioand video systems are now being installed.Under the contracting authority of Agence Iter France,installation work on the video projectors, sound systems andvideo-conferencing facilities were assigned to the Axians -System Com-Santerne joint venture. ■ITER Games 2012The cryostat, a sort of cold metal shellcryostat will be divided into 54 modules to be delivered to theconstruction site at Cadarache. On site, a first pre-assemblystep will be required before the elements can be weldedinside the experimental hall. ■Jérôme PamelaOn Course for 2042?The course to be followed was set in ink in the first lines ofthe ministerial decree published on June 29 th , 2006: « Theimplementation of commitments taken by France for theestablishment of the ITER project in the region ». The firststep was completed in July 2010 when after nearly four yearsof work the ITER site, 110 ha of prepared land, was providedfor the project. The land is available to the internationalorganization for the entire duration of the ITER Agreement,so until 24 October 2042. But France's commitments go farbeyond this!Is 2012 a turning point?Yes, a new phase is beginning with, on one hand, the endof our ITER site preparation mission, and the other hand,the increase in new activities. This year has seen the completionof the 400 kV substation and its connection to thevery high voltage line. We also delivered the ITER officeheadquarters buildings. All these missions are a result ofthe commitments made by France for the ITER project,and these commitments do not stop here. If we continuethe actions undertaken since 2006 such as welcomingemployees of the international organization and theirfamilies and collecting and monitoring France's financialcontribution to the project, our workload will increase asnew topics are entrusted to Agence. Commissioning of theroad itinerary will require some technical adaptations andadjustments for the transport of the ITER convoys. We arealso preparing a technical test and logistics test convoyplanned for 2013, before the first convoys planned in 2014.To prepare the storage of waste that will be producedduring the ITER experimental program, we are now launchingstudies of a tritium decay facility, one of the ITER fuels.It will be temporary storage, the objective being the removalof the waste elements to an Andra storage site.France, as host country, will also be responsible decommissioning,it is part of AIF's mission to be involved throughoutthe duration of the project to prepare for this important phasein good conditions.In addition to our welcome mission for ITER staff, we are alsoinvolved in preparing to welcome construction workers onthe neighbouring Cadarache site.And finally we must not forget our commitments to naturalland and biodiversity conservation in compensation of theland clearance operation; conservation measures are beingcarried out on the land acquired as compensation and abiodiversity trail is open for school visits since this autumn.What are the advantages ofthe structure?The advantages of AIF are its organization in project groupsand its flexibility. Each team has clearly defined missions,the team members have clearly defined responsibilities andtheir objectives are regularly updated. This allows them towork efficiently. It is a fairly small structure, which allows it toadapt quickly to changes in the missions and meet the varyingand numerous demands of France's commitment to the project.Information travels fast and transparency is the rule,which ensures a strong team spirit.English version of the AIF newsletterFACESnumber 40 //// sept.-oct. 2012English version of the AIF newsletterFACESnumber 40 //// sept.-oct. 2012

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