5 November 2016 - 09:32
ITER chief due in Tehran today

TEHRAN, Nov. 05 (MNA) – Director-General of the nuclear fusion megaproject organization known as ITER is scheduled for a visit to Tehran on Sat. to hold talks with the AEOI head, Ali Akbar Salehi.

Director-General of ITER International Fusion Energy Organization Bernard Bigot, heading a delegation, will stay in Iran for two days and hold talks with the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice-President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari, and a number of Iranian nuclear fusion experts.

Iran and France agreed to cooperate on the multi-national nuclear fusion project known as ITER during a five-day visit of a high-level Iranian delegation led by nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Sorena Sattari to France at the end of June. The delegate paid a visit to St Paul Lez Durance in France, where the fusion device is being built. Salehi told reporters later that Iran’s joining to ITER has been welcomed by the project’s members comprising 27 EU countries, China,  India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

The ITER project started 10 years ago and it is planned to generate 500 megawatts of fusion energy as an experiment by 2030. By 2040, the first 500MW reactor will become operational, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

Iran is the sole country in the Middle East that will be cooperating with the other nations on ITER.

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