Aecon-Wachs to help repurpose Savannah River’s MOX fuel facility

December 1, 2022, 6:53AMNuclear News

Aecon-Wachs, the U.S. division of Aecon Nuclear, has been tapped to support the Department of Energy’s goal of repurposing the unfinished Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina. Known as Building 226-F, the facility is being transitioned into the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility (SRPPF) to produce plutonium pits for the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons.

In October, SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions awarded Aecon-Wachs, based in Jackson, S.C., two contracts valued at $100 million to complete decommissioning-related work at the site. Under the contracts, the company will help aid in the transition of Building 226-F through the demolition and removal of all components, including equipment and bulk commodities, while protecting the existing structure.

In coordination with the demolition and removal work, Aecon-Wachs will design, install, and maintain temporary HVAC to facilitate proper climate control in the facility during construction.

He said it: “We are excited to add this important SRS project to our growing backlog of signature decommissioning projects and we will work diligently to get the project started and completed as needed by our client and key stakeholders,” said Keith Willingham, vice president and general manager at Aecon-Wachs. “Since the 2018 acquisition of Wachs Services by Aecon Group, we set a strategic mission to grow our nuclear portfolio in next-generation nuclear technologies, existing plant maintenance and life extensions, decommissioning and government services.”

The Building 226-F projects kicked off in October 2022 and will continue through October 2024 with a multiyear optional maintenance program to follow. According to the company, 135 new skilled jobs are expected to enter the area as work ramps up.

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