In the northern reaches of the WIPP underground, DOE recently made about 0.5 kilometer of clean drifts available for experimental equipment. This area has its own ventilation split and is out of the routine mine traffic patterns. It is ready for configuration for lighting, power and communications requirements of specific experiments. The nominal opening dimensions of the experiment gallery are 8m x 6m. Compressed air, power and mine phones are also available.
The area shaded in red on the plan view drawing below shows the location and extent of the newly refurbished experiment gallery. Note that the drift widths are shown as twice their actual width in relation to the drawing scale.