On the way to realize FAIR: International shareholders approve construction project execution plan
The path from the scientific idea for the future accelerator centre FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) via the preparations for civil construction up to the realization of one of the most modern research facilities in the world is taking tangible shape. The international shareholders of FAIR as well as the supervisory board of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have agreed on significant benchmarks for the future project execution plan in their recent meetings in Darmstadt.
The integrated schedule for realization, in which civil engineering, accelerator development and construction, as well as the scientific experiments are closely coordinated, has met the approval of the shareholders. The plan foresees a full operation of the new accelerator facility, which is directly connected to the existing GSI campus, in the year 2025. The execution of civil works on the site shall start in summer 2017 and are expected to be substantially completed at the end of 2022. After the civil construction of the new buildings the installation of the state-of-the-art accelerator and experiment facilities will begin.
The nine partner countries funding the large-scale research infrastructure alongside Germany expressed their full support for the construction project execution plan as well as for the concrete elaboration of the scientific program planned for FAIR by the experiment collaborations. This also includes the progresses in the technical development and the realization of detector components for the experiments.
The FAIR Council and the GSI supervisory board had already recognized the reorganization and the establishment of a dedicated project structure as a milestone for the realization of FAIR in their previous meeting this July. Since then the management in Darmstadt has continued to work on the new orientation and the implementation of the FAIR project. Also the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has approved proceedings for the start of construction works for the realization of the FAIR facility. Since September 2016 the first calls for tender for excavation and shoring have been made throughout Europe, since November also for the civil construction work of the large ring tunnel.
FAIR will be one of the largest and most complex accelerator facilities in the world. The centrepiece of the facility is a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1,100 metres. Engineers and scientists are working in international partnership to advance new technological developments in a number of areas – such as information technology and superconductor technology. Around 3,000 scientists from all over the world will be able to conduct top-level research at FAIR. Their outstanding experiments will generate new fundamental insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe.Alongside Germany, FAIR’s shareholders are the countries Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. The United Kingdom is an associated partner.