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Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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IFMIF Design Report Issued

February 13, 2004

A Comprehensive Design Report has been published for the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF). The design had been a several year activity of the International Energy Agency (IEA) under an "Implementing Agreement for a Program of Research and Development on Fusion Materials." Scientists from the European Union, Canada, Japan, Russia and the United States contributed to the study. The primary mission of the facility, as stated, is "to generate a materials irradiation database for the design, construction, licensing, and safe operation of a Fusion Demonstration Reactor (Demo)."

The study assumes a detailed engineering design phase beginning in 2005, leading to a construction decision in 2009. Half-power operation would commence in 2016 and full power operation in 2019. Full power operation is then projected for the next 20-30 years. The estimated cost of the engineering design is $88 million. Construction cost is estimated at $540 million (2003 dollars). Installation and checkout is estimated to cost an additional $117 million.

For further information, contact Steve Zinkle (zinklesj@ornl.gov)