Cool equipment just arrived at UPF
The first major pieces of equipment for the Uranium Processing Facility’s Mechanical Electrical Building were delivered in mid-March. The four large chiller units will support heat removal from UPF processes and provide air conditioning for the MEB and Salvage and Accountability Building.
“This is a significant milestone because this is the first major equipment delivery, not only for MEB, but for any UPF building,” said Bechtel National, Inc., MEB Area Manager Misty Lawrence. “This is a visible indicator of all of the hard work and years of planning that it takes to procure and deliver such large equipment. The chillers are a major support component for UPF. “
Detailed planning was necessary to pull off a delivery of this size. Each chiller unit weighs around 49,000 pounds and is approximately 11 feet wide and 12 feet high. They were delivered individually on a special 45-foot tractor trailer that travelled more than 800 miles from Wisconsin.
Timing of the delivery was also essential. The chillers are so large that they needed to be placed before the walls of the building were completed.
The east tower crane was used to lift the chillers from the trailers and lower them onto skates–a steel platform that rolled the chillers inside using a 40-ton triglide dolly with electric drive motors.
Now that the large equipment is installed, work will continue to install siding and enclose the building, along with completion of the roofing system.
Read more about the MEB Subproject.