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The Dalkia-Veolia consortium and F4E collaborate on the ITER project

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F4E, the European Union’s organisation managing Europe’s contribution to ITER, has signed a contract with the Dalkia-Veolia consortium, covering various work operations, equipment and materials supply, upgrade of the existing infrastructure, operation and maintenance of utilities as well as surveillance, logistics and waste management on specific areas. The contract signed between the two parties has a forecasted value of approximately 12 million euros and is expected to run for at least 5 years.

The contract covers the perimeter of the Poloidal Field Coils building, the local facility where the Poloidal Field Coils will be built and manufactured. These coils are meant to produce the magnetic field needed to confine the plasma resulting from the fusion reaction. Of considerable size and weight, four of these coils can only be manufactured on site. The fifth of them will be transported from China and the sixth coil is being manufactured in Russia. Tests will eventually take place within the same Poloidal Field Coils building.

Considering the complexity of skills and multidisciplinary competencies required by the Poloidal Field Coils contract, three different entities will co-operate under the Dalkia-Veolia consortium. Each of them has its own specific management areas and batches: Dalkia, Group Leader of the consortium and leading contractor, will be in charge of the Energy and Facilities management; Veolia Propreté Industries Services (VPIS), Group Member, will take on logistics, surveillance, the Waste & Cleaning management and the Water activity of Veolia in France, Group Member, will be in charge of the Hydraulic Networks management.

Collaboration between Dalkia and Veolia on the ITER project is not new. The first time the two groups worked together to provide services on the ITER construction site was in January 2012. Ever since, under the terms of their Facilities Management contract with F4E, Dalkia and Veolia have been carrying out operations such as building maintenance, water treatment plant management, cleaning of premises and waste management. Their know-how and solid field expertise helped maintain optimal work conditions and allowed other site operations to be performed effectively and on time.

F4E acting Director, Pietro Barabaschi, explained that “through the signature of this contract the first engineering hub on the ITER site will be equipped to manufacture some of the most impressive superconducting magnets used for a fusion device”.

Bastien Schepper, Director of Veolia Propreté Industries Services (VPIS), said: “We deploy our expertise on a plant which is a world class example for both energy and research fields. Our teams act daily to answer to the high requirements that the ITER project and the plant management imply in terms of water cycle, waste and environmental services.”

Thanks to this contract Dalkia has the opportunity to bring its energy services expertise to the table and contribute to a major international energy project. Together with Veolia we count ourselves among the most committed and ambitious contractors of the ITER project. We are proud to cooperate on this project and we are sure of its success” stated Jean-Michel Mazalérat, Chairman and CEO of Dalkia.

F4E clip: To watch the construction process of the PF coils facility click here
F4E clip: To watch the manufacturing process of PF coils click here

Press contacts

Dalkia  -  Angela Bleahu:  +33 (0)6 16 27 91 40
Veolia - Sandrine Guendoul, Stéphane Galfré, Marie Bouvet:  +33 (0)1 71 75 17 50

Fusion for Energy
Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER. One of the main tasks of F4E is to work together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations to develop and provide a wide range of high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project.
F4E supports fusion R&D initiatives through the Broader Approach Agreement signed with Japan and prepares for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).
F4E was created by a decision of the Council of the European Union as an independent legal entity and was established in April 2007 for a period of 35 years.
Its offices are in Barcelona, Spain. 
ITER is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. It will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. It is expected to produce a significant amount of fusion power (500 MW) for about seven minutes. Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source.
Europe will contribute almost half of the costs of its construction, while the other six parties to this joint international venture (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), will contribute equally to the rest.
The site of the ITER project is in Cadarache, in the South of France.
Dalkia, leader des services énergétiques en France
Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, is the leading provider of energy services in France. Dalkia offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. Dalkia rises to the challenge of the energy transition and provides its clients with expertise covering the entire energy chain, from energy supply to optimisation of their energy consumption, as well as operation and maintenance of installations. All Dalkia’s solutions are paired with energy efficiency commitments and long-term performance guarantees.
Veolia Group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia Group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014.
(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.