23 June 2007

Why we're in Ohio...

For those of you who don't know why we're in Ohio it is a long term temporary assignment for my job. You can find out more about the project I'm on here. I'm the process field engineer which means that I am the design/engineering group interface with construction to help make sure everything gets installed correctly.

If you look at the photos for Portsmouth, those big white tanks (HF Storage Tanks) in the pictures are one of several pieces of equipment I was the engineer on. The Oxide Hoppers are also part of this same procurement.

The company that I work for is a French-German company called AREVA NP. This is the press release after we were awarded the DUF6 Convesion Project. For you techies out there, it is a nuclear (pronouned "Nuke-u-ler" by those with southern accents) cleanup project where we're taking the depleted uranium hexafluoride (UF6) in storage cylinders and converting it to uranium oxides (U3O8 and UO2) to be buried and hydrofluoric acid (HF) to be sold.

We will probably be in Ohio and possibly Kentucky for the next year. Our plan is to travel around while we're over here and see all the sites within driving distance. Two of the main places we plan on visiting are Washington DC and New York. We also plan on going to places like Hershey, PA, historical sites in VA, and Niagara Falls. So far, we've been to Columbus (Zoo) and Cincinnati (Aquarium).

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