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BGCAPP Monthly Status Briefing - September 2011

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The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) will safely destroy 523 tons of chemical agent in rockets and artillery projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, …

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) will safely destroy 523 tons of chemical agent in rockets and artillery projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky.

The technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile is neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO).

The Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA) Program, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Kentucky and Colorado.

The Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team, a joint venture of Bechtel National, Inc., and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, along with teaming partners URS Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, General Atomics and General Physics, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close the BGCAPP.

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  • 1. Monthly StatusBriefingSeptember 2011 1
  • 2. Project Background The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) will safely destroy 523 tons of chemical agent in rockets and artillery projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky. The technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile is neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO). The Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA) Program, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Kentucky and Colorado. The Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team, a joint venture of Bechtel National, Inc., and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, along with teaming partners URS Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, General Atomics and General Physics, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close the BGCAPP. 2
  • 3. Destruction Technology Neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation will be used to destroy the Kentucky stockpile. 3
  • 4. Safety  Continued progress toward OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Status  Lost-time injury rate 93 percent lower and recordable injury rate 67 percent lower than industry average  As of August 31, 2011, the project has completed 818,348 hours and 175 days without a lost-time accident (12-month rolling rate) Accidents per 200,000 job hours 4
  • 5. Current Project Staffing Total project employment―888 Richmond, Ky.―741 • Nonmanual―388 • Craft―353 • Local hires―58 percent Other locations―147 • Pasco, WA • San Diego, CA • Columbus, OH • Frederick, MD More than half of the BGCAPP project workforce are hired from the local area. 5
  • 6. Economic Impact Acquisitions to date • $74.8 million spent with Kentucky companies • $44.6 million spent in Madison and surrounding counties Payroll to date • $201 million of local payroll paid • $426 million more to be paid during the remainder of project 6
  • 7. Construction Work in Progress 5 4 3 1 21 Control and Support Building (CSB) 2 Munitions Demilitarization Building (MDB)  • Metal wall studs and sheet rock • First and second lift concrete placements • Electrical, piping and fire detection systems • Structural steel and wall paneling • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) • Electrical and piping systems3 Utility Building • Vessels and tanks • Electrical, piping and HVAC systems 4 Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) Building  • Exterior tanks (not visible in photo) • Pipe rack steel and equipment tanks 5 Laboratory Building  (not visible in photo) • Concrete foundation placements 7
  • 8. Control and SupportBuilding (CSB)BGCAPP craft workers (above left) safely fasten sheetrock to metal wall studs inside the CSB.Outside the CSB, craft workers (above right) erect support steel for external piping systems.Once complete, the CSB will house the control room and integrated control system used tooperate BGCAPP. 8
  • 9. Munitions DemilitarizationBuilding (MDB)BGCAPP construction craft workers (above left) continue erecting structural steel and preparingfor more elevated concrete placements. Meanwhile, at a fabrication shop in Pasco, Wash.,assembly of the Rocket Cutter (above, right, top) and Shear (above, right, bottom) machinescontinued. This Blue Grass Specific Equipment is designed to separate rocket motors from theportions containing agent and cut rockets into pieces and drain the agent. The MDB is where thechemical weapons will be disassembled, explosives removed and the agent neutralized. 9
  • 10. Supercritical Water Oxidation(SCWO) BuildingA SCWO emergency relief tank (above) has been placed atop the building’s foundation.The tank is specially designed for a safe and controlled release of liquid or gas pressure ifever needed during plant operations. The SCWO Building will house the reactors whereagent and energetic hydrolysates, byproducts of the neutralization process, will be subjectedto very high temperatures and pressures to destroy the hydrolysates’ organic content. 10
  • 11. Laboratory BuildingAt the Laboratory Building, BGCAPP team members (above left) completed the building’s finalconcrete foundation placement. Meanwhile, at a fabrication facility in Elkhart, Ind., workershave been fabricating and assembling the Laboratory Building’s 20 modular components (aboveright) which will later be set atop the completed foundation. The Laboratory will handle andanalyze low concentrations of chemical agent when BGCAPP operations begin. 11
  • 12. Utility Building (UB)Inside the fully enclosed UB (above left), BGCAPP craft workers continue installing piping andequipment systems. Outside the UB, two large compressed air tanks (above right) have beenplaced. Once complete, the UB will house equipment to produce steam, compressed air, chilledwater and hot water for operations. 12
  • 13. Blue Grass ChemicalAgent-Destruction Pilot Plant 13

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