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GTT notified by the CERN for the design of an onshore storage tank

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) has received an order on behalf of the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the design of the containment system of a 12 500 m3 onshore storage tank intended to contain liquid argon for experimental purposes.

This project was preceded by the construction of two small storage tanks dedicated to a series of tests performed by CERN, on behalf of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility - Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF-DUNE) which includes the CERN and several other research institutes in Europe, Asia and America.

The scientific project aims to study the physics of neutrinos, fundamental components of matter and the forces which act between them. In this context, the tank outfitted with GTT's membrane containment system will host the liquid argon.

It is, so far, the only system allowing the preservation of the purity of the argon required for the good realisation of the experiment. The 12 500 m3 reservoir will be installed 1500 m underground in South Dakota, US. Its construction will begin in early 2020.

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