US Energy Dept extends Fluor contract

By Steve Ducker06 April 2021

USA-based Fluor Corporation has won an extension from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for its decontamination and decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio.

Executed by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth – a partnership led by the engineering, procurement and construction specialist – together with nuclear components supplier BWX Technologies, and engineering consultant Jacobs, the extension includes an additional 12 months with two further six-month options.

Fluor Corporation Portsmouth gas diffusion plant project Fluor said that the on-site waste disposal facility is one of the site’s major missions. Photo courtesy Business Wire

Including the options, it is valued at almost US$700 million.

“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 under way 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.

“We look forward to maintaining our momentum and working collaboratively with the DOE and the community.”

The site is a 1,500 ha (3,700 acre) federal reservation built in the 1950s that produced enriched uranium until 2001.

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 as well as continuing community outreach programmes.”

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