Installation of communications equipment is this month’s focus on progress at the Blue Grass construction site. Consisting of telecommunications equipment and a public address (PA) system, this effort will allow for one- and two-way communications in and around the pilot plant.
Once complete, the telecommunications, or telephone, system will use more than 27,000 feet of copper wire and 68,000 feet of fiber cable. That’s more than enough material to reach from Richmond to Lexington, Kentucky. The system will have dozens of telephone sets with several hotlines, or telephones that are programmed to ring only to a pre-determined location.
The PA system consists of more than 700 speakers in and around the Blue Grass plant. This system will use about 22,000 feet of cable and will provide one-way communications to the workforce.
This equipment may be used for emergency communications, process reporting, weather notifications and many other reasons to keep the workforce informed and to facilitate project functionality.
Next steps for the communications equipment include termination of wire and cables to racks, installation of speakers and receptacles, and testing for clarity and volume.
Site Construction Progress
Construction: 91 percent complete
Systemization: 28 percent complete
Construction Turnover: 377 of 585 Quality Data Packages
Around the site, ongoing work includes:
- Interior finish-out of the Entry Control Facility
- Construction of entrance roadway for the Explosive Destruction Technology facility
- Turnover of Munitions Demilitarization Building (MDB) filter units to the start-up team
- Arrival and installation of Medical Facility and Personnel Maintenance Building modular units
- Hydrostatic testing of portions of the MDB fire sprinkler system
- Installation of commodities such as piping, wiring and cable in most of the main buildings