Omega Technical Services (Omega) is a service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing professional and technical services in support of governmental agencies responsible for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and associated environmental legacy management. Our major customers include the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Environmental Management (EM), the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Office of Science. Established in 1995, Omega has developed a reputation for providing highly experienced experts and quality results.
Omega thoroughly understands the rigor and formality required to manage and maintain facility operations for its entire lifecycle of a facility, from initial design and construction, through commissioning and operations, to shutdown and decommissioning. We provide personnel with demonstrated superior performance on projects with significant complexity and scope in the following areas:
- Program and Project Management
- Design and System Engineering
- Criticality and Safety Engineering
- Construction Management
- Project Controls
- Contractor and Performance Assurance
- Environmental, Safety & Health
- Waste Management
- Operations Support, including:
- Conduct of Operations – implementation and mentoring
- Operational Readiness – implementation/ preparation, mentoring, and assessments
- Maintenance and Work Control – management, work planning and scheduling, and job hazard analysis
- Startup Testing and Commissioning
- Certified Level II and III test personnel
- Planning & Scheduling
- Work package closure
- Testing plans and procedures
Omega maintains an impeccable reputation for safety, quality, and technical excellence that has resulted from adhering to its philosophy to hire only individuals who are acknowledged to be among the best in their field, have a customer focused attitude, and work well with others. The strength and character of our company is a direct result of the personnel that we employ. Omega has a favorable Possessing FOCI determination and retains DOE Q- and L-cleared personnel on staff.
Omega Past Project Experience
Omega has been providing facility support services throughout the DOE NWE since our inception in 1995. Key Omega management personnel have gained experience and expertise in key management roles within the DOE NWE, commercial nuclear power industry, and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program dating back to the 1970’s. This cumulative experience base is applied to each project that we execute, assuring a result that our customers can rely on for nuclear safety.
Omega has executed our core technical support services on the following DOE and NNSA Projects:
Surplus Plutonium Disposition (SPD) – A DOE enterprise-wide program to render 34 metric tons weapons grade plutonium unusable, this program develops the technology and installs the equipment to dismantle retired pits and perform conversion 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 plutonium pits for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. The project will repurpose the former Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX).
Uranium Purification Facility (UPF) – Currently in design and construction 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.
Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF) – The HEUMF at the Y-12 National Security Complex is our nation’s central repository for highly enriched uranium, a vital national security asset. The facility is constructed of reinforced concrete floors, walls, and roof; it sits on a 30-ft-thick mass concrete fill attached directly to bedrock. Advanced exterior and interior safeguards and security systems further ensure protection of the uranium materials inside HEUMF.
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 nonnuclear 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 uses flammable liquid acetonitrile (ACN) and requires special design features, including an adjoining tank farm to store ACN.
US ITER – 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 – 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, focused information to address 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 outer container which is also laser welded.
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 the restart of 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-a-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 uses 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.