Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Supply chain issues impact all sorts of things, which is why the Office of Environmental Management (EM) is stepping up to help its Oak Ridge neighbors.
EM, along with the cleanup contractor called UCOR, donated several transformers and over 100 other pieces of electrical equipment to the city. The equipment was used at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) but is no longer needed.
“Supply chain issues make access to this type of equipment difficult,” said Ardo Ba, electrical manager for the City of Oak Ridge. “Access to this equipment, in particular the transformers, is essential for the operation and maintenance of the electrical energy distribution infrastructure serving the site. The wait can be up to two to three years to purchase substation transformers.
EM plans to convert the ETTP, a former uranium enrichment plant, into a multi-purpose industrial park. To achieve this goal, EM transferred land and infrastructure at ETTP to the surrounding community. In May 2022, 1,300 acres of ETTP were donated to the community. In addition, much of the ETTP’s infrastructure, including emergency services, roads, electricity and water, was transferred to the city.
“We are always looking to identify beneficial uses for excess materials wherever possible rather than dumping them in landfills, and we welcome the opportunity to provide this equipment to the city for its use,” Morgan Carden , Acting Federal Project Director of the ETTP Portfolio. said. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
EM plans to transfer over 250 additional pole transformers in the near future.
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