Hanford - Waste Treatment Plant Project
“Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Richland Washington. When complete, the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will process and stabilize 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste currently stored at the Hanford Site.
The WTP will use vitrification technology, which involves blending the waste with glass-forming materials and heating it to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,149 degrees Celsius). The mixture is then poured into stainless steel canisters to cool and solidify. In this glass form, the waste is stable and impervious to the environment, and its radioactivity will dissipate over hundreds to thousands of years.
The WTP Project is scheduled to complete construction in 2016; reach commissioning in 2019 and achieve full operations in 2022.” (Reference: www.hanfordvitplant.com)
Nuclear Safety Support Services
In June 2011, Hukari Technical Services, was awarded a Technical Support Services subcontract to provide the following:
- Perform ISM reviews and actively participate in hazard analysis meetings in support of nuclear safety functional area.
- Assist with documentation of results.
- Identify hazards, review draft hazard identification / analysis documentation and other project records that are generated to support future licensing of the project’s facilities.
- Assist in the generation of draft change documentation to the High Level Waste and Pretreatment Facility Preliminary Documented Safety Analysis Reports.
- Provide senior project Nuclear Safety management support in the definition, development, implementation, training and mentoring in the implementation of DOE-STD-3009 processes.
- Develop structure and procedures to implement Nuclear Safety programs, procedures, and processes that reflect DOE complex experience and practices.
- Support day-to-day hazards analyses and control selection processes as process experts and subject matter experts.
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