A man doing maintenance on a wall filled with wires and hoses
A worker performs maintenance on cooling water hoses inside the power supply cabinet for a 300-ton glass melter at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant on the Hanford Site.

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Hanford Site contractor responsible for designing, building and commissioning the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) has recognized the collaborative efforts of three of its key suppliers with Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) honored Hitachi Energy USA, ABB Inc. and Alaska Rubber Group (ARG) for their work in supplying equipment needed for WTP’s successful resumption of the heatup process for the first 300-ton glass melter within the Low-Activity Waste Facility at Hanford.

The initial melter heatup faced a challenge in late 2022 due to electrical issues in the power supply system. The three suppliers supported WTP through the repair process, providing equipment and technical expertise during the analysis, design and troubleshooting phases.

“Hitachi, ABB and ARG made truly vital contributions to the success of Melter 1 heatup this summer,” said Frank Salaman, BNI procurement and subcontracts manager at WTP. “They demonstrated extraordinary performance and commitment to safety, quality, cost, schedule and sustainability on our project. These awards are extremely well deserved.”

Mat Irwin, EM acting assistant manager for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project, said suppliers play an essential role in the Hanford cleanup mission.

“Whether providing day-to-day services or supporting a mission critical project like Melter 1 heatup, their impact can be felt across the Hanford Site,” he said.

-Contributor: Tyler Oates