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Uranium Processing Facility in Tennessee getting even further behind schedule

Oak Ridge uranium project even more behind schedule than it used to be By  on Wed, Jul 10, 2013

  Frank Munger reports that the schedule for the Uranium Processing Facility in Tennessee, financial competitor to Los Alamos’s recently delayed plutonium counterpart, is even more behind schedule than we thought:

[T]he Department of Energy’s Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan states that the First Phase of the Uranium Processing Facility project will be completed in 2025, which indicated a rather significant delay from previous reports that — just a couple of years ago — had the entire project completed before then. The First Phase is focused on moving the operations now housed in the 9212 uranium processing complex at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. Phases Two and Three, incorporating the work now done in Y-12′s 9215 building and 9204-2E (Beta-2E), would not be completed until around 2038.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, in a response to earlier questions about the plan, this week confirmed the schedule in the Stockpile Stewardship report as being the most up-to-date assessment of the work plan for the multibillion-dollar project.


July 11, 2013 - Posted by | business and costs, technology, Uranium

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