Multiple excavations performed for electrical conduit runs
Multiple excavations performed for electrical conduit runs for use at Pantex Data Center

NNSA completed an electrical and mechanical upgrade to one of its data centers at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas to improve its resilience. Future electrical preventive maintenance activities can now be performed without having to depend on generator power for multiple days.

The use of multiple HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, generators, transformers, automatic transfer switches, and feeder cables reduces the risk of unplanned computing system outages while providing additional assurance of mission deliverables.

The project was funded in May 2018 and, following a brief pause in 2020 due to COVID-19 delays, was completed in September 2022. Safety was at the forefront of execution and – to the credit of all those involved – no safety related issues were reported on this project.

This project resulted in a fully redundant, industry standard data center and was managed by NNSA’s Office of Infrastructure, which manages the lifecycle of the Nuclear Security Enterprise and positions the agency to handle its growing infrastructure needs.

Learn more about the Office of Infrastructure.

Installation of transformer sub
Installation of transformer sub at Pantex Data Center
Installation of electrical enclosure
Installation of electrical enclosure for Pantex Data Center