Last of large capacity processing vessels installed in major SRS cleanup facility under construction.
The Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) heralded 100% successful
completion of a major construction milestone following installation of
the remaining four large-capacity tanks integral to the facility’s
future processing of 34 million gallons of highly radioactive salt
waste currently stored in 47 underground tanks at the Savannah River
Once operational, the one-of-a-kind SWPF will provide the critical treatment capability needed to fulfill the Department of Energy’s (DOE) cleanup mission to safely disposition Cold War legacy waste and support DOE’s risk reduction priority to empty and close nuclear waste tanks.
These last-arriving over-sized vessels, ranging in volume capacity of roughly 38,000 – 44,000 gallons, join the initial six tanks placed at SWPF last month.
Installation of the ten tanks allows for measurable progression of SWPF construction with piping and facility floors now on tap for completion, along with placement of the facility’s roof.
Manufactured by Precision Custom Components of York, PA, the vessels were all shipped by barge to Hardeeville, SC, and transported via double-drop, wide-load tractor trailers to SRS.
Parsons Government Services of Pasadena, California, is DOE’s prime contractor for designing, building, starting up and operating the SWPF for one year.
Full facility operations are currently scheduled for late 2015.