NNSA completes Pantex High Pressure Fire Loop $5 million under budget

The National Nuclear Security Administration recently reported the successful completion of its High Pressure Fire Loops project at its Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, which was completed in December on time and under budget.

The HPFL project was completed more than $5 million under budget and establishes the foundation for the successful function of the Pantex Plant by reducing the risk of facility system electrical outages and reducing system maintenance needs.

"The successful completion of the High Pressure Fire Loop saved taxpayers millions of dollars while ensuring that critical NNSA mission work can be completed safely and on time," NNSA's Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management Bob Raines said. "We have worked hard to get better at project management, and as our nuclear security enterprise ages and we continue to undertake similar projects, our work at Pantex should serve as an example moving forward. The dedication and teamwork demonstrated by B&W Pantex and the Federal project team were instrumental in the successful completion of the project."

In 2013, the NNSA successfully completed five projects on time, collectively more than $10 million under the allotted budget. The Government Accountability Office and Congress recognized the NNSA for its progress by removing it from the GAO's high risk list for projects less than $750 million.

The HPFL project included the construction and installation of 19,500 feet of high density polyethylene piping and two 400,000-gallon fire protection water tanks and pumping facilities.