Blue Grass plant technicians recently completed several additional system demonstrations, bringing the total number of systems turned over to the operations team to 33 of 59.
“This is a meaningful milestone because it tells us the time to start training on processes to support pilot testing is rapidly approaching,” said Ken Ankrom, systemization department manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. “We need to get the equipment up and operating so operations, maintenance and Laboratory personnel can step into their positions and start practicing for operations.”
Of the 59 total systems, technicians have completed more demonstrations, but they are awaiting completion of work such as field modifications, Ankrom said.
“The latest system to be turned over may not sound very exciting, but it’s very essential to our project,” Ankrom said. “The 50-percent Sodium Hydroxide System is a chemical distribution system for the solution we will be using to neutralize the chemical agent and energetics. The operations team will now be able to develop procedures and train personnel on this primary system.”
The systemization team has been holding steady on turnovers and are on point to meet their goal of 56 of 59 systems turned over by January 2019, Ankrom said, noting the three remaining systems will require longer completion periods.