Analytical Laboratory fully energized at Vit Plant
An electrician tests control panel switches in the Vit Plant's Analytical Laboratory.
Full energization has been safely completed for the Analytical Laboratory, making it the first of the Vit Plant’s four major nuclear facilities to complete this important step toward startup of the Department of Energy's Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) vitrification approach for treating low-activity tank waste.
Electricity in the facility is now self-contained and flowing through all lights, panels, and outlets. Permanent power will allow employees to begin testing laboratory equipment and ultimately operate the facility.
The energization process began in late October 2017 with de-energized startup testing of the laboratory’s electrical system. Each system was tested to ensure equipment worked as expected individually and as part of the larger systems before bringing full power online.
Key strategy helps Vit Plant support building take shape
Employees prepare to lift a 40-ton process cell pipe rack into the effluent management facility.
Being in two places at once became a key strategy for Hanford Vit Plant employees in maintaining an aggressive construction schedule at the effluent management facility (EMF).
Employees recently installed two 40-ton process cell pipe racks into EMF that were constructed across the parking lot and pre-loaded with more than 3,000 linear feet of pipe and nearly 200 linear feet of cable tray. While those racks were being built over the past several months, another team was inside the facility making progress on special protective concrete coatings, process pump installations, and equipment installations.
Because of the congested footprint of the facility during the construction phase of EMF, completing scope outside of the building using modular construction concepts – a strategy widely used on other global Bechtel projects – allowed for concurrent construction that would have otherwise been completed in series.
The permits enable Vit Plant workers to install mechanical and piping systems inside the EMF. This work includes process tanks, pumps, pre-fabricated piping modules, heating, ventilation, air conditioning ducts, and other equipment.
Bechtel stewardship highlighted in local publication
The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business featured the significant community contributions made by Hanford contractors. Employees from Bechtel, Mission Support Alliance, Washington River Protection Solutions, and CH2M Hill combine to donate millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to improving the community and the lives of their neighbors in the Tri-Cities region.
Employees help save lives at Red Cross blood drive
Did you know one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives? Vit Plant employees recently donated 51 pints during two project blood drives to help the American Red Cross with an emergency shortage.
Engineering manager presents to local nuclear society
Ian Milgate, manager of Engineering and Design Authority at the Vit Plant, recently presented to the American Nuclear Society Eastern Washington Section on Bechtel 's plans to tackle challenges through building the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant. Milgate is responsible for the Vit Plant’s detailed design and all engineering, procurement, and construction deliverables that flow down from the design.
Vit Plant raises nearly $350,000 during United Way campaign
Vit Plant employees, together with contributions from Bechtel and AECOM, raised $344,256.69 to support local organizations during the 2018 United Way Campaign. The Vit Plant was a community pacesetter for the campaign, and the amount raised set the standard for other organizations to meet or beat the efforts.
The contribution included nearly $9,000 raised from various employee-led fundraisers across the project, such as "Flamingo Flocking" where a donation sent a flock of flamingos to a coworkers' office.
The donated funds support the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties.
In The Details
By the numbers: Hiring ramping up at Vit Plant
The Vit Plant will be looking to fill many job openings over the next several months with Bechtel and AECOM. Specific emphasis in Engineering (Electrical, Nuclear, Systems), Procurement & Subcontracts (Supplier Quality, Purchasing, Subcontract Administration), and Startup. Visit www.hanfordvitplant.com/job-opportunities for current openings and check back often for new postings.