• MOMENTUM JV, comprising Amec Foster Wheeler, Assystem and KEPCO E&C, named construction management-as-agent contractor on unique international project
  • Project managing the assembly of more than one million components in world’s largest fusion reactor
  • Key role in international effort to make fusion a viable source of almost limitless, carbon-free energy

Representatives of the ITER Organisation announce today that they have signed a construction management-as-agent (CMA) contract with the MOMENTUM joint venture, led by Amec Foster Wheeler in partnership with Assystem and KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company.

MOMENTUM will play a vital role in ITER’s project to build the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache in France. The 10-year contract is expected to be worth €174m and there is an option for a three-year extension.

The role of the Construction Management-as-Agent is absolutely central to the success of the ITER Project. And since fusion holds so much potential as an environmentally clean and virtually limitless, safe source of energy, the stakes of success for the seven ITER Members are very high. With the expertise represented by the MOMENTUM joint venture, we feel confident that the assembly and installation of the ITER facility will meet its objectives: of delivery on time and on budget with the highest standards of quality.
Bernard Bigot, Director-General of the ITER Organisation
The MOMENTUM team is proud and delighted to be chosen for such a pivotal role on one of the world’s most important energy projects. The MOMENTUM partners will bring complementary skills to bear and embed a can-do project culture focused on safety, quality and maintaining schedule and costs. Amec Foster Wheeler has played an important part in the ITER project for over 20 years and this important contract underlines our key role in developing future nuclear technologies while continuing to support the existing fission power industry.
Clive White, President of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business
MOMENTUM’s three partners will allocate their best people to address the challenges related to such a unique project. This new CMA contract embodies Assystem’s continuous involvement in the ITER project since work began at Cadarache in 2005. It highlights our expertise in complex, international project management.
Stéphane Aubarbier, Chief Executive Officer of Assystem
KEPCO E&C has a long-term commitment to ITER, having delivered technical and project management services since 2008. Our appointment alongside our partners in Momentum will help to strengthen technical cooperation for the successful completion of the ITER project, which is of such vital importance to the development of the world’s future energy.
Koo-Woun Park, President and Chief Executive Officer of KEPCO E&C

As CMA contractor, MOMENTUM will manage and coordinate the assembly and installation of more than one million components for the ITER reactor. At its centre is the world’s largest tokamak, an experimental machine designed to harness the energy of fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the sun.

The scope of services includes contract management, configuration management, project management, construction preparation, site coordination, works supervision, and activities leading up to mechanical completion. The contract does not cover design or fabrication of components, construction of the buildings or building services.