K-Reactor Core Removal project

Client: CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company - $1.6M

The challenge was to develop a means of removing the graphite reactor core from the 105-KE Reactor at the DOE Hanford Site, without any human or environmental contamination. We provided project management and engineering support to CHPRC in designing a remote handling system to remotely remove the graphite. This will make it possible to completely remove the reactor building using conventional D4 methodology. This first-of-a-kind project will use large-scale excavation equipment, all remotely operated. Lucas prepared the project’s Functional Design Criteria, Project Execution Plan, Design Compliance Matrix, provided design verification reviews, oversaw A/E activities, and provided the team Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) in the areas if nuclear safety, and nuclear ventilation systems.

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