Omega provides technical support to SRPPF and LANL Pu modernization.
Surplus Plutonium Disposition (SPD)
A DOE NNSA Enterprise-wide program to render 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium unusable. This program develops the technology and installs the equipment to dismantle retired pits and convert to oxide that is blended with an adulterant, which is ultimately emplaced in a national repository.
Savannah River Pit Production Facility (SRPPF)
Currently in design, this facility will produce pits for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Pit Manufacturing and Material Recycle and Recovery
This TA-55 nuclear facility provides plutonium-based manufacturing, recycling, recovery, and R&D capabilities for the NNSA.
LANL U-233 Disposition Project
The Legacy U-233 Disposition campaign disposed of material having no programmatic value in a NNSS low-level waste repository. The project staged valuable materials at the DAF facility for future programmatic use.
LANL Nuclear Materials Management and Storage Programs
This program supports DOE O 410.2 Nuclear Materials Management requirements for reporting and management of nuclear materials at LANL including: nuclear material life cycle planning, supply/demand forecasting, NNSA site integration, shipment planning, and nuclear material storage requirements such as forecasting, storage capability, and capacity management.
Charged Heavy Element Separator System Product Enrichment And Chemical Extraction (CHESS PEACE)
This involves the development of electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS) and low-loss reduction chemistry system to support recovery of rare Mark-18A target material.
Uranium Purification Facility (UPF)
Currently in design at the Y-12 National Security Complex, the UPF will be a state-of-the-art, consolidated facility for enriched uranium operations including assembly, disassembly, dismantlement, quality evaluation, and product certification.
The HEUMF at the Y-12 National Security Complex is our nation’s central repository for highly enriched uranium, a vital national security asset. HEUMF’s design is consistent with the latest graded security protection guidance.
Oxide Conversion Facility (OCF)
Oxide conversion is an essential part of processes used to recycle highly enriched uranium and get it ready for return to use in nuclear warheads or put on the shelf for other projects. The OCF at the Y-12 National Security Complex converts uranium from an oxide form to uranium tetrafluoride (known as “green salt”), which then goes through a reduction process to form a purified uranium metal.
Prototype Purification Facility (PPtF)
The PPtF provides a purification process for manufacturing non-nuclear special materials needed to support the Stockpile Life Extension Program. Operations performed within the PPtF include: 1) dissolution, filtration, and recrystallization, 2) powder processing in a nitrogen atmosphere, and 3) drying, machining, and inspection. The purification process will use flammable liquid acetonitrile (ACN) and will require special design features, including an adjoining tank farm to store ACN.
US ITER Project
US ITER is an unprecedented international collaboration of scientists and engineers working to design, construct, and assemble a burning plasma experiment that can demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power for the commercial power grid.
Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
SNS is a one-of-a-kind research facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development. SNS produces neutrons with an accelerator-based system that delivers short (microsecond) proton pulses to a target/moderator system, where neutrons are produced by a process called spallation. State-of-the-art experiment stations provide a variety of capabilities for researchers across a broad range of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, materials science, and biology.
Underground Test Facility (U1a)
The U1a Complex is an underground laboratory at the Nevada National Security Site used for dynamic experiments with special nuclear material (SNM) and other weapon materials. The Complex provides an infrastructure of high-bandwidth diagnostics, data acquisition, timing and firing, control, and monitor systems capable of supporting experiments designed to acquire information on fundamental materials properties. This focused information addresses specific weapon issues and integral performance of weapon-like systems in a scaled geometry.
Device Assembly Facility (DAF)
The DAF was designed and built to consolidate all nuclear explosive assembly functions, to provide safe structures for high explosive and nuclear explosive assembly operations, and to provide a state-of-the-art safeguards and security environment. The DAF is a collection of more than 30 individual steel-reinforced concrete buildings connected by a rectangular common corridor. The entire complex, covered by compacted earth, spans an area of 100,000 square feet.
Plutonium Stabilization and Packaging System (PuSPS)
The PuSPS processes feed material in two phases: stabilization and packaging. The stabilization phase includes calcination of the material in a furnace to remove water and organics. After stabilization, the material is automatically transferred to the tipping/dispensing/fill area that begins the packaging phase. The material is poured into the material container which is then put inside the inner can. The inner can resides outside of the glove box but is connected by a sphincter seal that allows the material container to be inserted while maintaining a contamination free exterior. The inner can is laser-welded closed and placed into the final laser-welded outer container.
Isotope Fuels Impact Tester (IFIT)
The IFIT provides a method to impact 238plutonium heat sources and subassemblies of radioisotope heat generators to determine the impact response and the effect of different target materials. The 7-inch bore diameter launcher utilizes compressed gas in the breech to propel a projectile at velocities up to 150 m/s. In early 2009, DOE NE-34 requested several impact tests using the IFIT to qualify the impact properties of a new generation of radioisotope power systems for space missions. The IFIT restart team has accomplished the daunting task of restarting the IFIT to normal operating conditions after a period of approximately seven years of no activity.
Consolidated Incinerator Facility (CIF)
The CIF at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is a rotary kiln incinerator with a secondary combustion chamber and is designed to treat low-level radioactive, hazardous, and mixed wastes in both solid and liquid forms. Feed materials for the CIF include contaminated gloves and coveralls, spent solvent from the canyon facilities, and benzene from the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF).
Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF)
The DWPF converts the liquid nuclear waste currently stored at the Savannah River Site (SRS) into a solid glass form suitable for long-term storage and disposal. DWPF vitrifies sludge from the liquid nuclear waste currently in tank storage along with the cesium and strontium from the salt forms in the waste.
Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU)
The IWTU, a first-of-its-kind, 53,000-square-foot facility, will treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive and hazardous waste that has been stored in underground storage tanks – above the Snake River Plain Aquifer – for decades. IWTU, located east of the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, will use a steam-reforming technology to heat up the liquid waste, essentially drying it; consolidating the solid, granular material; packaging it in stainless steel canisters, and storing the containers in concrete vaults at the site. Ultimately, the treated material will be transported to a national geologic repository for permanent disposal.
Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS)
RFETS was established in 1951 as part of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex to manufacture nuclear weapons components under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Energy. Production activities were completed in the early 1990s and the site underwent environmental remediation, completing activities in 2005.
This involves providing technical support to the Federal Program Manager for MRR and Storage to understand the FY20-24 Program requirements and capability needs. Participating in routine check-in/meeting with Federal Program Manager for MRR and Storage is also required.
Pantex Recapitalization Plan
Omega personnel are drafting the Pantex Storage Recapitalization Plan and providing it to appropriate Pantex M&O personnel and federal responsible persons for review, concurrence and signature.
Tritium Sustainment Recapitalization Plan
This provides support to Tritium Sustainment with the development of a comprehensive Recapitalization Plan that interfaces/combines with existing MRR Recapitalization Plans.
Support NNSS Recapitalization Plan Activities
Omega provides advisory support to NNSS Recapitalization Plan activities, including MRR-approved travel to NNSS. Omega concludes support with anticipated NNSS completion of Recapitalization Plan.
Proof of Principle Assessment for Processing Byproduct
Personnel provides support to discuss and review project plans and goals for Proof of Principal assessment of technology options and costs for processing byproducts of interest. They prepare a draft report of Proof of Principal technology options and associated costs for processing byproducts. They then attend meetings to review and discuss preliminary findings. Personnel then evaluates responsiveness of draft report to DOE -OS program mission needs.
Stockpile Production Integration
This involves providing ongoing support to the NBL Program Office. The NBL Program is the U.S. Government’s certifying authority for nuclear reference materials and measurement calibration standards.
Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)
Omega provides Subject Matter Experts for NNSA and DOE tritium R&D Programs. Personnel consults in project planning and execution, assists in the preparation of project documentation, provides project management knowledge transfer to the next generation of Program Managers, assist in the development of tritium R&D planning and roadmaps, and assists in developing technical requirements for tritium R&D facilities.