Bechtel National Inc. says the Vitrification Plant made substantial construction progress in 2013.
RICHLAND, WA - Bechtel National Inc. says the Vitrification Plant made substantial construction progress in 2013.
Completing the steam plant and placement of structural steel in the main portion of the High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility were just two of the major construction accomplishments this year at the Vit Plant.
Bechtel says Vit Plant employees also achieved the best safety performance ever.
"I'm especially pleased to see the continued improvement in employees' attention to safety, while completing a number of high-profile activities," said Bechtel's Vit Plant Project Director Peggy McCullough. "That contributed to Vit Plant workers achieving the best safety performance in project history with fewer injuries this year than ever before."
Chief among the construction accomplishments were meeting a milestone for placement of the structural steel to the 37-foot level at the High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility and completing construction of the steam plant.
"Construction is in full-swing in most areas of the plant, including areas of HLW not impacted by technical decisions," said Manager of Construction Steve Overton. "The structural steel milestone was met early in the year at HLW, and we continued steel placement to the 77-foot-level," Overton said.
The steam plant is part of the Balance of Facilities at the Vit Plant. There are 20 facilities or systems that comprise the infrastructure necessary to support the four main Vit Plant facilities.
"In addition, we completed a substantial amount of work at the Analytical Laboratory, which puts us in a good position to complete construction of the Lab in 2014," said Overton.