National Nuclear Security Administration

Y-12's uranium canning machine to save money

October 5, 2015

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During a recent visit to the Y-12 National Security Complex, NNSA Uranium Program Manager Tim Driscoll stopped by Building 9204-2E’s new direct canning machine, which allows operators to package enriched uranium material removed from dismantled weapons and ship it directly to the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility for long-term storage. An important element of the Uranium Transformation Strategy at Y-12, shipping directly to HEUMF stops the flow of material into Building 9212, enabling faster inventory reduction and improved safety. Direct canning at Y-12 is estimated to save $20-30 million by 2021, assuming current dismantlement plans.