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Heavy Industrial

MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility

Aiken, South Carolina

Building the first weapons-grade plutonium processing plant in the United States


Heavy Industrial

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Delivery Method
General Contracting (GC)
Self Perform %
500,000 SF
Work Hours
4 million

The challenge

MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility was a key part of the U.S. government’s strategy for managing radioactive material left over from the Cold War. This project, which involved transforming 3.5 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium into MOX fuel assemblies for use in nuclear power plants, presented complex challenges. The facility needed to meet stringent nuclear safety standards and comply with ASME’s Nuclear Quality Assurance program.

Key Facts

4 million trade hours

100,000 cubic yards of NQA-1 concrete

25,000 tons of rebar

Challenge met

Our expertise in large-scale construction allowed us to self-perform significant portions of the 500,000 SF plant. By self-performing the placement of more than 100,000 cubic yards of nuclear safety-related concrete, we ensured the project’s adherence to ASME’s rigorous quality standards.

We demonstrated our ability to manage complex installations by successfully implementing piping, permanent plant equipment, electrical systems, and specialized features like gloveboxes. Our craft workforce performed over 4 million workhours.

Considering the sensitive nature of the work, safety was of paramount importance throughout the project. Alberici’s commitment to safety was integral to the facility’s attainment of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status, the highest recognition for safety practices. By actively contributing to the achievement of this esteemed safety designation, we demonstrated our dedication to excellence in execution and safety on the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility project.

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