The second and final 125-ton melter assembly that will be staged in the Low-Activity Waste Vitrification (LAW) Facility arrived at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant construction site at approximately noon today.
The assembly traveled on a specially configured heavy-haul transporter from Ogden, Utah, to the construction site, approximately 25 miles north of Richland, Wash., in just four days. The total trip was nearly 800 miles. The 190-foot-long transporter carrying the assembly used two tractors (one in front to pull and one in back to push), occupied nearly two traffic lanes and could travel no more 45 miles per hour.
Starting point: Pendleton, Oregon
Ending point: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant (north of Richland, Washington)
Miles traveled: 105
Hours traveled: 3.5
After arriving, the melter assembly was uncovered and offloaded from the trailer using the Demag crane. It will be inspected and staged in the LAW Facility, next to the first melter assembly, which was delivered on November 5.
The trailer, transporter and crew will return home this weekend, thereby ending this short but significant chapter in the Vit Plant progress story. By the time they return home, the trailer, transporter and crew will have traveled 3,200 miles in just over three weeks
The LAW Facility is currently 65 percent complete.
A media release announcing the arrival of the LAW melter assembly was issued today.
The melter assembly travels down Stevens Drive in Richland, Wash. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly travels from Pendleton, Oregon. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly crosses the bridge from Oregon into Washington. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly arrives just outside the Tri-Cities. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly arrives at the Low-Activity Waste Vitrification Facility on site. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly is uncovered at the Low-Activity Waste Vitrification Facility. (View larger image.)
The melter assembly was offloaded using the red Demag crane. (View larger image.)