France to get experimental nuclear fusion reactor

17th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

SEOUL, Nov 17, 2006 (AFP) - An international consortium including South Korea will next week sign a formal agreement to build an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in France by 2015, officials said Friday.

SEOUL, Nov 17, 2006 (AFP) - An international consortium including South Korea will next week sign a formal agreement to build an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in France by 2015, officials said Friday.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) consortium will finalize the deal on Tuesday in Paris after nearly 10 years of informal and preparatory talks by South Korea, Russia, China, the European Union, the United States, India and Japan, the Ministry of Science and Technology said.

ITER, a fusion energy project worth some EUR 10 billion euros and expected to run over 30 years, will be built at Cadarache in southern France.

It aims to provide a clean and limitless source of energy that can replace fossil fuel.

South Korea joined the project in June 2003 and is expected to pay about nine percent of the five billion dollar construction cost, Yonhap news agency reported.

It will be represented by Science Minister Kim Woo-Sik at the signing ceremony, to be hosted by French President Jacques Chirac.

"The country's participation is significant, as it is a sign of South Korea securing a foothold in core thermonuclear power technologies," the ministry said in a statement.

South Korea's interest in ITER reflects its efforts to secure alternative energy sources. It depends heavily on oil imports for energy.

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