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DOE Gives Go-Ahead for Y-12 Uranium Processing Facility

NNSA estimates the $6.5 billion project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs.

March 29, 2018

The Department of Energy's deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette has approved the cost and construction of the Main Process Building (MPB), Salvage & Accountability Building (SAB), and Process Support Facilities (PSF) subprojects at the Y-12 National Security Complex uranium processing facility (UPF).

The Y-12 National Security Complex is a United States Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) facility located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. NNSA is responsible for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and manages the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. 

The MPB is a three-story, 240,000-square-foot building that will house enriched uranium operations which includes recycling uranium from old nuclear warheads. The recycled product is used to maintain the country's arsenal.

The UPF project is being built as a series of seven sub-projects using a 'build to budget' stratagy to keep costs in line. Two segments are complete, brought in under budget, and two more are now under construction.

When completed in 2025 the processing facility MPB will house enriched uranium operations which include recycling uranium from old nuclear warheads. The recycled product is used to maintain the country's arsenal. Other operations will be cleaner and more modern uranium casting, oxide production, and savage. Those functions are currently being performed in older facilities.

The NNSA also said Dale Christenson, the NNSA’s Federal Project Director for the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project at the Y-12 National Security Complex, has been honored as the Department of Energy’s Federal Project Director of the Year for 2017.

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