One of the mechanisms used by ITER International Organization (ITER IO) in order to contract specific technical work is called an ITER Task Agreement (ITA).
Some ITAs are assigned directly to specific Domestic Agencies (DAs), when related directly to the procurement of a component or systems in accordance to the agreed procurement packages undertaken by DAs.
Other ITAs however, may involve components and systems procured by several DAs or may be related to interfaces between plasma, components and ITER operations. These ITAs, otherwise known as competed ITAs, are not directly assigned to any specific DA instead they are awarded through competitions between the different DAs.
How do competed ITAs work?
- ITER IO sends to all DAs technical specifications for the work that needs to be done. This is not a contract. It is a Call for Tender for the activities described with a deadline for reply.
- DAs, in Europe’s case F4E, may respond with an offer which includes a response to the technical requirements and an estimate of the required resources.
- ITER IO carries out an internal selection and decides on the best offer. The decision is then communicated to the DAs.
- If F4E is awarded the Call, then a formal ITA is agreed for signature of ITER IO and F4E. In parallel, F4E initiates the procedure for a Call for a grant or procurement, in order to contract the work in the EU.
The publication of the competed ITAs text is to inform all eligible economic operators in the Europe (Associations, industry etc.) of the Call and for F4E to develop an understanding of its potential answer to ITER IO through “Expressions of Interest” (EoI) from interested operators.
EoI can be used by F4E to submit a response to the ITAs Calls. EoI are not binding, instead, they are an important mechanism for F4E to gauge interest and capabilities in the EU for any specific Call from ITER IO.
To have an overview of all ITAs that F4E has responded check the Industry and Fusion Laboratories Portal