Process Setup Area
Westinghouse is a global industry expert in decontamination and fluid handling processes, with proven abilities in decontamination and remediation work.
The company has an exceptionally skilled resource base, and continues to build on that skill set through relationships with expert groups and research organizations.
The chemical decontamination process was developed for commercial use in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has been used by Westinghouse for more than 30 years.
The Richland Service Center specializes in a variety of applications ranging from individual component to full- system decontaminations offering the following benefits:
Filter/Ion exchange skid
Chemical Water Purification
The chemical water purification process uses ion exchange columns to remove ionic contaminants from water by absorbing the containments onto ion-exchange resin. Through a mixture of cation and anion-type resins, fluids are purified. The resins remove metal ions, organic acids, organic bases and biomolecules and can act as a deep bed filter. We also provide off-the-shelf columns for different ion exchange media, offering fully customizable solutions.
Water Filtration and Sludge Removal
Westinghouse can apply numerous methods and filtration systems that have been developed in field applications. Our capabilities include the following:
Spent resin filtration
Minimal footprint for the application
Micron & sub-micron filtration
Customizable to a wide array of filtration demands and volumes
The Westinghouse reverse osmosis (RO) system can be used to concentrate liquid waste to reduce its volume or purify a liquid stream to reduce contaminants. The RO system can operate at high pressures to concentrate spent advanced scale conditioning agent (ASCA) solvents and rinse waters, or at lower pressures to remove silica from borated water.
On its first project, the RO system reduced the waste volume inventory after an ASCA process application from 80,000 gallons of spent solvent and 80,000 gallons of rinse water to less than 15,000 gallons of concentrate which was shipped to a waste facility for disposal.
The permeate met U.S. Clean Water Act Site National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System limits and was discharged through normal plant systems without the need for additional treatment.
Westinghouse has a two-phased approach to combat biological fouling in cooling systems. The first phase uses an oxidation step that kills the majority of the organisms responsible for the bio-fouling. The second phase uses chelating agents in a reducing environment to decompose and remove typical cooling water scales comprised of inorganic metal oxides and cemented fouling detritus. An added benefit is decomposition of a large fraction of the protective biomass that permits unimpeded solvent access to the metallic corrosion products beneath.
Fuel Pool Cooling Systems
The transfer of fuel from the reactor to the spent fuel pool (SFP) is delayed until the decay heat reaches
a point where the SFP cooling can handle the heat produced. To eliminate lost time and cost, Westinghouse developed a comprehensive program tailored to minimize reliance on plant systems for decay heat removal.
We can design and install these systems as temporary systems during outages for operational plants or as permanent replacements of installed equipment to support decommissioning activities such as “cold and dark” or isolating a nuclear island when normal cooling systems are out of service.
This unique system consists of portable equipment skids that are designed to be installed quickly and easily in convenient locations. The modular design of the pumps, filters and heat exchangers permits safe and reliable operation with redundant capability.
Portable cooling towers
Chemical decontamination is used to support the as- low-as-reasonably-achievable (ALARA) principle by general dose reduction. Any size system, from full reactor plant to small waste tanks and drain lines (hot spots), can be decontaminated.
We can perform chemical decontaminations for operating nuclear plants, plants planning for decommissioning and decommissioned plants. Chemical decontaminations are proven to more than offset cost by reducing all of the following: dose to workers, waste classification of removed components, transport and burial costs, and the administrative burden of managing higher dose exposures.
Small systems and components
Up to 50 gal
Partial systems and components
Up to 1,000 gal
Partial or sub-systems
Up to 25,000 gal
Large or full-systems
Up to 105,000 gal
Off the shelf, field-ready equipment
Along with our portfolio of field services, the Richland Service Center facility can be used for a variety of fabrication projects, chemical mixing, maintenance, repair of hot equipment and laboratory testing. The facility includes the following:
All Richland Service Center equipment is stored field ready and is designed for expedited mobilization. The equipment is skid mounted and modular to reduce the amount of time required for setup on-site. Engineers and technicians who fabricate and maintain the equipment also are trained and experienced in operating it in all field applications. Lessons learned from operating experience are quickly incorporated into equipment modifications or new system fabrication to address safety and ALARA concerns. Most skids also contain automated controls to further reduce operator exposure. Our equipment has the following advantages:
Westinghouse has vast chemical decontamination and fluid handling experience in many different environments, including:
Operational Commercial Nuclear Sites
We have an exemplary record of providing chemical decontamination and related services to operational commercial nuclear sites. Our experience includes:
We have executed projects at commercial sites during decommissioning activities. Our experience includes:
Department of Energy Sites
For the various nuclear sites in the United States and abroad operated by government entities, our services can be implemented as part of a strategy to overcome past, current and future nuclear and environmental challenges. Our experience includes:
Mini Decon Skid (MSD)