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Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor removal successfully completed

One of the world's largest and most successful experimental fusion machines has been safely disassembled and cleared away.

In September, staff at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory completed the dismantling and removal of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, which shut down in 1997 following 15 years of operation. During its experimental life, the reactor set records for fusion performance and made major contributions to the development of fusion as a long-term energy alternative. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory team finished the removal of reactor on schedule and under budget.

"This marks the end of an important chapter in the history of fusion," said Raymond Orbach, director of the Office of Science, which oversees the laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. "The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor achieved many firsts that brought us closer to an era of fusion power. Now that the decommissioning of TFTR has been completed safely, on schedule and under budget, in keeping with Office of Science best practices, we look forward to continued contributions in fusion power research from PPPL."

"The unprecedented scientific success of TFTR experiments has now been followed by its safe dismantling and removal," said Robert Goldston, director of the laboratory. "Not only did TFTR greatly advance fusion science, but its safe, cost-effective and efficient decommissioning also demonstrates the promise of fusion as an environmentally attractive, economical energy source."

The full story and photos are available on the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Web site .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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