MRS Transfer Facility Feasibility Study

by A. K. Jowdy, Ralph M. Parsons Co, Pasadena, United States,
R. I. Smith, Ralph M. Parsons Co, Pasadena, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: Under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy, Parsons was requested to evaluate the feasibility of building a simple hot cell (waste handling) transfer facility at the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) site to facilitate acceptance of spent fuel into the Federal Waste Management System starting in early 1998. The Transfer Facility was intended to provide a receiving and transfer to storage capability at a relatively low throughput rate (approximately 500 MTU/yr) and to provide the recovery capability needed on the site in the event of a transport or storage cask seal failure during a period of about two years while the larger Spent Fuel Handling Building (SFHB) was being completed. Although the original study basis postulated an incremental addition to the larger, previously considered MRS configurations, study results show that the Transfer Facility may be capable of receiving and storing spent fuel at annual rates of 3000 MTU/yr or more, making a larger fuel handling structure unnecessary. In addition, the study analyses showed that the Transfer Facility could be constructed and put into service in 15-17 months and would cost less than the previous configurations.

Subject Headings: Waste storage | Energy storage | Storage facilities | Feasibility studies | Nuclear power | Fuels | Systems management | Resilient modulus

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