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More delays for ITER fusion project

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Science  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6264, pp. 1011
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6264.1011

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Managers of the troubled ITER fusion project have announced a new schedule that is likely to push the estimated date of completion back by 6 years, to 2025, and add roughly €2 billion to the project's ballooning cost. The changes, presented at a meeting of ITER's governing council, resulted from a comprehensive review that ITER's director-general ordered earlier this year. In response, the project's international partners—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States—said they plan to carry out an independent review, looking for ways to tighten the schedule and costing, and have put off approving the baseline until the next council meeting in 6 months.

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