France vies for EU thermonuclear plant

21st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (AFP) - The European Union hopes next week to decide on whether France or Spain will go forward as a candidate to host an ambitious project to replicate the Sun's nuclear fusion, officials said Friday.

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (AFP) - The European Union hopes next week to decide on whether France or Spain will go forward as a candidate to host an ambitious project to replicate the Sun's nuclear fusion, officials said Friday.

Spain on Thursday informed the European Commission that it was doubling its contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project to EUR 900 million (USD 1.07 billion).

But Brussels said the announcement would have no bearing when EU industry ministers meet next Thursday to decide if Vandellos in Spain or Cadarache in southern France will go forward as the EU's candidate to host ITER.

"We insist that there should be just one European candidate at the end of all this for ITER," Commission spokesman Reijo Kemppinen told reporters.

Canada and Japan are also pitching for the  EUR 4.5 billion project, which will seek to replicate the kind of nuclear fusion seen in the Sun to deliver clean energy from hydrogen.

Project partners, which include the EU, Japan, the United States, Canada, China, Russia and South Korea, are expected to announce their chosen site for the reactor at a Washington meeting next month.

© AFP

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