EnergySolutions announced July 22 that a 670-ton reactor pressure vessel (RPV) from the previously decommissioned Unit 1 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located in San Diego County, Calif., had been safely transported from California through Nevada and into Utah, where it reached its final destination at the company’s Clive disposal facility. It was the single-largest load ever to travel Nevada’s highways.
The RPV shipping container—15 ft, 6 in. in diameter and 38 ft, 6 in. long—had traveled by rail from California to Apex, Nev., using a 36-axle Schnabel car, the largest in the world, with a capacity to transport up to 880 tons. The rail trip took four days, covering 366 miles with a maximum speed of 15 mph.
After the RPV arrived in Nevada, crews transferred it to a hydraulic platform trailer with 384 trailer tires for road transport. The transport assembly was anchored by six heavy-duty Class 8 trucks, with four tractors pushing and two pulling. The road conveyance consisted of six large trucks that pushed and pulled the RPV trailer 400 miles through Nevada and into Utah, with a maximum speed of 10 mph over a 10-day period. More than 20 companies were involved in the scope, planning and execution of the project.
Wespac Construction Inc., Phoenix, has completed steel work on the Union at Riverview project, a 250,000-sq-ft office building in Mesa, Ariz. On June 22, members of the Mesa City Council gathered to sign the final steel beam and see it installed on the office building.
Designed by DAVIS, Tempe, Ariz., the project includes a four-story steel building and a four-story parking structure located at the intersection of Loop 101 and Loop 202. Owned by Lincoln Property Co., Phoenix, the office building will feature modern amenities and open as well as private offices.
“Wespac Construction is very excited to be working on a project that will bring so many new jobs to the city of Mesa,” said Glenn Leier, principal and vice president at Wespac Construction.
Project manager Chance Severns added, “Everyone involved with the Union at Riverview project, from the city of Mesa staff to local businesses, has been very cooperative and supportive of this effort to bring more business to this area.”