To deploy the American Centrifuge technology at the commercial plant in Piketon, Ohio, USEC has assembled a world-class team of U.S. suppliers and contractors to manufacture the AC100 machines and to build the commercial plant.
Centrifuge Machine Manufacturing
Since 2007, a major focus for USEC’s American Centrifuge team has been working with leading companies to create the industrial infrastructure in the United States needed to build components and supporting equipment for the advanced AC100 machines. The highly specialized U.S. manufacturing base needed to build the AC100 ceased to exist after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) suspended centrifuge work in 1985, but it has been re-established with USEC’s leadership. At sites across the United States, manufacturers have been gearing up to support the fabrication of centrifuge machines and support systems.
In 2008, for example, USEC significantly refurbished a facility it purchased in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and installed new production machining equipment, robotics, and computer controls and testing systems to support the ramp-up to manufacturing centrifuge components. This facility is now the home of American Centrifuge Manufacturing, a joint company USEC operates with an affiliate of The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W).
American Centrifuge Manufacturing consolidates the authority and accountability for centrifuge machine manufacturing and assembly in one business unit which assumes contractual accountability over the family of centrifuge parts manufacturers. With this consolidation, the entire manufacturing program can be managed centrally for cost efficiency, lean manufacturing, and application of consistent standards of high quality across the entire machine manufacturing base.
Babcock & Wilcox
USEC has formed a joint company, American Centrifuge Manufacturing, LLC, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with B&W Clinch River, LLC, a subsidiary of the Babcock and Wilcox Co.
Alliant Techsystems Inc.
A subsidiary of ATK has expanded its facilities at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, West Virginia, to produce the tall, carbon-fiber rotor tubes for the centrifuges.
Major Tool & Machine, Inc.
Major Tool & Machine, Inc. has built a new automated production facility at its Indianapolis, Indiana, plant to fabricate the steel casings for the machines.
Hexcel has expanded their facility near Salt Lake City, Utah, to produce carbon fiber and prepreg tape for use by ATK in manufacturing the American Centrifuge machine's rotor.
Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation of Cheswick, Pennsylvania, is manufacturing the motor drives that spin the centrifuge rotor at high speeds.
TenCate manufactures prepreg tape at their facility in California for use in manufacturing the American Centrifuge machine's rotor.
Northwest Pipe Company
Northwest Pipe Company has expanded their facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia, to manufacture steel tubing for use in fabricating casings for the American Centrifuge machines.
Construction and Balance of Plant
Most of the buildings required for the commercial plant were constructed in Piketon during the 1980s by DOE. These existing structures include a centrifuge assembly building, a uranium feed and withdrawal building, and two enrichment production buildings with space for approximately 11,500 centrifuges. USEC began renovating and building the American Centrifuge Plant following receipt of a construction and operating license from the NRC in 2007.
Fluor Corporation was hired to manage the engineering, procurement and construction management activities for the American Centrifuge Plant. Fluor was the construction contractor for the DOE Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant program in the 1980s.
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. significantly expanded manufacturing capacity in Huntsville, Alabama, to fabricate and assemble 576 gas centrifuge service modules for the American Centrifuge Plant. These steel frame structures hold valves, cabling, ductwork and electric supply. Each service module supports up to 20 AC100 machines.
Kerotest expanded their facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to manufacture valves for the American Centrifuge Plant.
Honeywell Technology Solutions
Honeywell Technology Solutions provides the distributed control systems for the process systems in the commercial plant.