Vit Plant safely installs 111-ton electrical powerhouse
Workers recently performed a series of precision crane lifts to safely place and assemble a 111-ton electrical powerhouse for the Effluent Management Facility (EMF) at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). With the powerhouse in place, crews can begin routing permanent plant electricity to the effluent facility, the last major construction project to support the Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) approach.
“Receiving the powerhouse is an important step for EMF progress as it allows us to route electrical cables to the building and sets the stage for its first construction turnover to the startup testing phase,” said Jason Young, the Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection, Balance of Facilities federal project director.
The powerhouse contains a series of transformers, motor control centers, and more than 11,000 feet of electrical raceway and cable. The 13.8-kilovolt powerhouse will provide electricity to EMF systems and processing equipment.
The modular-style powerhouse was fabricated in Texas and transported atop a specialized semi-trailer truck to Washington. The powerhouse arrived in three pre-fabricated sections, which crews then assembled.
“This was an outstanding effort by the entire team,” said Scott Monson, area manager for DFLAW for Bechtel National, Inc., the WTP Project contractor. “The team worked seamlessly from the design phase to working with the fabricator in their shop, then coordinating a 2,100-mile journey to final assembly at the jobsite.”
Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), is a leading engineering, procurement, construction, and project management contractor for the U.S. government. BNI’s successes include many large, first-of-a-kind signature projects in federally owned site management, environmental restoration, defense, space, energy, as well as national and homeland security. BNI is a member of the Bechtel group of companies.