Workers at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant finished their best three months for processing munitions as they completed the 155mm projectile destruction campaign in September, providing momentum as the plant transitions to destroy 105mm projectiles.
“Surpassing a processing record for the third consecutive month is a testament to our workforce’s dedication to complete the 155mm destruction campaign,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP. “Our workforce is prepared and motivated to reconfigure our plant for the 105mm projectile destruction campaign in November.”
In August, the plant processed a record 19,033 155mm munitions, adding to previous marks of 15,440 set in July, and 14,122 155mm munitions set in June.
The 155mm destruction campaign ended Sept. 5, marking the first munitions campaign completed at PCAPP. Munitions processing will go into a planned pause as the plant’s equipment is reconfigured to destroy 105mm projectiles, which is on track to begin in late November.
A third group of weapons, 4.2-inch mortar rounds, have been reconfigured for destruction later in three Static Detonation Chamber units that are scheduled to begin operations in 2021. The SDC units will also destroy problematic lots of munitions not suited for processing in the main plant’s automated systems.
“As we transition to our next munition destruction campaign, the recent accomplishments by our workforce inspires confidence that we will complete agent destruction operations by 2023,” said Ken Harrawood, project manager, Bechtel Pueblo Team.