The APT Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS)


J. G. Angelos, M. R. Buckner


To meet the United States' tritium needs to maintain the nuclear weapons deterrent, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing a dual-track program to provide a new tritium source. A record of decision is planned for late 1998 to select either the Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) or the Commercial Light Water Reactor (CLWR) as the technology for new tritium production in the next century. To support this decision, an APT Project was undertaken to develop an accelerator design capable of producing 3 kg of tritium per year by 2007. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was selected to lead this effort with Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc. (BREI)/ General Atomics (GA) as the prime contractor for design, construction, and commissioning of the facility. If chosen in the downselect, the facility will be built at the Savannah River Site (SRS) and operated by the SRS Maintenance and Operations (M&O) contractor, the Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC), with long-term technology support from LANL. These three organizations (LANL, BREI/GA, and WSRC) are working together under the direction of the APT National Project Office. This office reports directly to the DOE Office of Accelerator Production, which has program authority and responsibility for the APT Project. This paper will briefly describe the APT facility, and then summarize preparation activities at SRS for APT.


This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", Tritium Enrichment and Production Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.

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