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ITER and Europe

Selecting a location for ITER was a long process that was finally concluded in 2005. In Moscow, on June 28, high representatives of the ITER Members unanimously agreed on the site proposed by the European Union - the ITER installation would be built at Cadarache, near Aix-en-Provence in Southern France.


Cadarache is already a large-scale energy research centre of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). The place was chosen from four competing sites around the world as part of extensive negotiations to establish the ITER project.

The ITER site at Cadarache covers a total surface area of 40 hectares with a further 30 hectares available for temporary use during building. In the near future, around 1000 people will be working at ITER from some 30 different countries, representing a truly international endeavour.