Blue Grass systemization team members turned the system that will collect liquid chemical agent drained from munitions and store it before neutralization over to the operations team in May.
“The turnover of the Agent Collection System is of major importance to the plant, as this is the first of 15 key System Demonstration Procedures to be completed,” said Kyle Conway, government shift representative, Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. “The demonstration shows it’s doing what it is supposed to be doing, and it’s ready for the next step toward agent destruction.”
Systemization personnel operated the system to show it meets its design intent and functionality, Conway said. Key reviewers observed the procedure and gave their approval at the conclusion of the demonstration. Despite performing a key activity for the plant, the collection system is relatively simple and the test went smoothly.
“The system is basically two tanks and three pumps, with pressure and level alarms,” said Jay Ivey, shift plant manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. “We tested its operation with water and everything worked as it should. Now the operations team takes it over, and we move on to the next piece of the overall system.”
Now that the collection system has been tested and turned over, the team will move on to testing of the Agent Neutralization System, Ivey said.