Fluor JV wins $5.87 billion deal to decommission Ohio uranium enrichment plant

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. (Photo: Business Wire)

US contractor Fluor has won a deal to decontaminate and decommission a former uranium enrichment plant in Ohio, in joint venture with Cavendish Nuclear USA.

The deal, worth $5.87 billion over 10 years, sees the joint venture execute the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant decontamination and decommissioning contract in Piketon, Ohio.

The plant was built in the early 1950s by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as part of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, producing enriched uranium from 1954 until 2001.

The contract includes demolition and disposal of facilities, process equipment, related process buildings and other ancillary facilities.

It also includes remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater, and disposal of uranium material.

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth has managed the decontamination and decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant since March 2011.

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