Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth awarded $690 million contract extension

April 8, 2021, 6:59AMRadwaste Solutions
Workers remove asbestos siding panels from a Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant building. Photo: Business Wire

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, a joint venture of Fluor and BWX Technologies, along with engineering company Jacob, have received a contract extension valued at up to $690 million, including options, from the Department of Energy. The contract, announced April 6, is for environmental management work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant near Piketon, Ohio.

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth was first awarded the decontamination and decommissioning contract for the Portsmouth site in 2010. The plant, which operated from 1954 to 2001, was one of three large gaseous diffusion plants in the United States initially constructed to produce enriched uranium to support the nation’s nuclear weapons program and, in later years, enriched uranium used by commercial nuclear reactors. Environmental cleanup of the site began in 1989 and continues today.

The current contract agreement took effect on March 29 and includes a one-year extension with two additional six-month options.

The scope: The scope of the project includes the continued deactivation, demolition, and disposal of selected site facilities, process equipment, related process buildings, and other ancillary facilities. It also includes continuing environmental remediation, uranium stewardship, and community outreach programs.

They said it: “In partnership with the DOE, the Fluor team has done a tremendous job at delivering on the important decontamination and decommissioning work that is well underway at Portsmouth,” said Tom D’Agostino, president of Fluor’s Mission Solutions business. “We have been working at Portsmouth for 10 years, and this extension provides a continuity of service crucial for the site and the DOE as the project moves into the next phase of demolition and waste placement.”

Ken Camplin, president of BWXT’s Nuclear Services Group, said,“BWXT is very pleased that the DOE has extended another contract for the important work at Portsmouth in partnership with Fluor. We believe that BWXT’s footprint at seven sites supporting the DOE’s environmental management mission demonstrates the breadth and depth of our company’s waste management, environmental remediation, and site cleanup capabilities.”

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