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Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy
Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy

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Workers at the #Hanford Vit Plant have completed the startup and testing phase for 20 percent of the utility systems needed to support future plant operations.

This work is progressing on an extensive array of process support infrastructure called the plant’s Balance of Facilities (BOF).

“We’re making strong, early progress in starting up, testing, and preparing the industrial utility services that will support the Vit Plant,” said Kim Irwin, Bechtel National Inc. project manager for the Vit Plant. “As engineers and construction crews finish portions of the utilities, they transfer those systems to the startup phase where we verify they are complete, tested, and in safe and working order.”

BOF contains a total of 56 systems, including an electrical power distribution system, backup power, water purification, compressed air, steam, communication and control, and fire water systems.

Read more about this important phase of the project at the link below.
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Employees at the #Hanford Vit Plant raised more than $400,000 to support the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties during the 2017 fundraising campaign. The Vit Plant was the community pacesetter for the campaign, and the amount raised set the standard for other organizations to meet or beat our efforts.
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Another major milestone was met at the #Hanford Vit Plant. DOE and Bechtel announced today the successful completion of assembly of the two 300-ton nuclear waste melters inside the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility. The facility is on pace toward the construction complete milestone of June 2018. Full story below:

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Key pieces of equipment that will be used to treat radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Site have now been safely and successfully assembled at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of River Protection (ORP) and WTP contractor Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) announced today the successful completion of assembly of the two nuclear waste melters, each at 300 tons, inside the LAW Facility.

“Assembling the melters is another indication we are completing the work necessary to achieve the Department’s Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) approach to begin treating Hanford tank waste,” said Acting ORP Manager Ben Harp. “This approach will enable us to provide a more enduring means of protecting the Columbia River by starting treatment of the low-activity radioactive waste, the most mobile of the waste, as soon as 2022.”

Workers achieved assembly of the first melter in May, and finished the second in late August – both were accomplished ahead of schedule.

“With the melters assembled and all major process equipment already installed, our workforce remains on pace toward the construction complete contract milestone of June 2018 for the LAW Facility,” said Peggy McCullough, BNI project director for the WTP Project.

The melters, the largest of their kind ever built in the U.S., will be used to heat Hanford’s low-activity tank waste and glass-forming materials to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit – a process called vitrification – before the mixture is poured into stainless steel containers for permanent storage. During plant operations, the LAW facility melters will produce 30 tons of glass daily, 10 times the capacity of the melter in operation at DOE Savannah River Site's Defense Waste Processing Facility in South Carolina.

The WTP LAW Facility is an integral component of the Department’s DFLAW approach, intended to begin treatment of Hanford tank waste as soon as 2022. Through DFLAW, DOE would begin to treat the low-activity waste portion as soon as the LAW facility, relevant support facilities and the WTP Analytical Laboratory are completed – in advance of completion of the entire WTP as was originally planned. This allows DOE to vitrify the waste as soon as possible, and provides valuable experience which will be beneficial when the entire plant is running. The lab is 98 percent complete, and the collection of more than 20 support facilities are largely complete – some portions of both the lab and support facilities are undergoing systems testing and startup activities.
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Watch a video highlighting the significant progress made at the #Hanford Vit Plant in FY 2016. Read the news release here: http://bit.ly/2dZrYsK.

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What is Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste? Part of the Department of Energy’s sequenced approach to treating #Hanford’s tank wastes. In this process, low-activity radioactive waste from Hanford tank farms is fed directly to the Low-Activity Waste Facility, bypassing the Pretreatment Facility.

For more information on Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste, see www.hanfordvitplant.com/direct-feed-low-activity-waste-dflaw.

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Strides continue to be made toward completion of the High-Level Waste (HLW) Facility as employees at the #Hanford Vit Plant recently received a crane that will aid in the future installation and maintenance of the facility’s melters.

The crane will be installed in HLW melter cave two where its 25-ton lifting capacity will be used to help employees move support equipment during installation and maintenance of the 90-ton melter.

During operations, the crane will assist with maintenance of equipment in the melter cave.

The crane weighs 50,000 pounds and measures 34.5-feet long, 12-feet wide, and 7-feet tall. It will span the 35-foot wide melter cave and be able to move across the entire 134-foot long area.

The crane was manufactured by +American Crane in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

A second similar crane will be received in the near future for eventual installation in melter cave one.

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More than 180 children in the Tri-Cities will enjoy a Merry Christmas thanks to generous donations from employees at the #Hanford Vit Plant. Employees picked names from Giving Trees around the offices and played the role of Santa for children who are in the care of the local Department of Social and Health Services, Child Protective Services. The Vit Plant Giving Tree is an employee-run effort that has served nearly 1,400 children since 2003. +Bechtel Corporation 
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The final release of the Vit Plant Virtual Open House highlights our employees, who are truly the heart of the Vit Plant. Learn about their expertise and generous community giving at www.hanfordvitplant.com/openhouse.

The Virtual Open House is a web‐based event that enables visitors to learn about the Vit Plant and the people who work here. All 13 sections are now opened.

#meetthevit +Bechtel Corporation 
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Photos showing progress at the #Hanford Vit Plant from August 2016.

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