B&W Announces $428m Department of Energy Contract

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/9/2010, Location: North America

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced that Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services, LLC (BWCS) was awarded a five-year, $428 million contract by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for uranium conversion operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

"We appreciate the Department of Energy awarding us this contract, which will further expand our portfolio of nuclear services," said B&W TSG President S. Robert Cochran. "We look forward to working at Paducah and Portsmouth with the same high standards of safety and operational rigor that we apply throughout the company and have demonstrated at the other government sites we operate."

B&W subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc. (B&W TSG) and URS have formed BWCS as the operations contractor at both locations. B&W TSG is the majority partner in BWCS. BWCS will operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (known as DUF6) conversion facilities at the two sites. BWCS will also establish a corporate project management office in Lexington, Ky., to facilitate ease of interactions with the DOE and the Paducah and Portsmouth Project Offices. These conversion facilities were designed and built to convert DOE's inventory of DUF6 to a more stable uranium oxide form (UOx) that can be characterized as acceptable for transportation and disposal. BWCS will also provide continuing cylinder surveillance and maintenance services for the inventory of DUF6, low-enrichment uranium hexafluoride (UF6), normal UF6, and other cylinders.


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