Office of Environmental Management

Oak Ridge EM, Small Business Complete Switchyard Cleanup

July 13, 2017

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CTI workers clean up the K-732 switchyard.
CTI workers clean up the K-732 switchyard.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge EM program and a small business specializing in environmental consulting, remediation, and deactivation and decommissioning are scheduled to complete field work and cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park’s K-732 Switchyard this month.

   Workers removed extensive electrical infrastructure and equipment, transported three massive 110-ton condensers, and characterized, excavated, and backfilled three condenser basements and 20 underground vaults. They also remediated the soil and removed and transported nearly 56,000 gallons of oil. A condenser adjusts conditions and voltage on the electric power transmission grid.

CTI recycled many of the switchyard’s metal components.
CTI recycled many of the switchyard’s metal components.

   Employees at CTI and Associates, Inc. identified creative solutions to reduce costs and disposal needs. 

   CTI deducted the proceeds from recycling many of switchyard’s metals and components from its contract cost. The company recycled more than 800 tons of steel, 28 tons of copper, and 7 tons of aluminum and brass, avoiding placing these materials in DOE’s onsite disposal facilities.

   “Small businesses are crucial to advancing our cleanup mission in Oak Ridge,” Jay Mullis, acting manager for Oak Ridge’s EM program, said. “CTI is proof of the skill and ability they offer. Their unique approach generated $115,000 in savings, and it diverted a large amount of debris from our waste disposal areas.”  

A view of the switchyard with the majority of cleanup complete.
A view of the switchyard with the majority of cleanup complete. This area will be available to transfer from government ownership.

   Constructed in 1944, the switchyard provided power to the K-27 uranium enrichment process building. Changing missions and removal of the site’s former processing buildings led to its shutdown. 

   The switchyard project moves Oak Ridge’s EM program closer to its goal of transforming the former uranium site into a private industrial park. About 880 acres have already been transferred to the community for reuse. The former switchyard site will be available to transfer from government ownership after the project is completed this month. 

   CTI is conducting the work under a firm-fixed-price contract awarded in June 2015. The company is set to complete the switchyard project for $3.8 million.