BWX-led team bags $13bn Hanford Site Tank Closure Contract from US DOE
May 20, 2020 – Hanford Works Restoration (HWR), a joint venture between a subsidiary of BWX Technologies and Fluor, has been awarded Hanford Site Tank Closure Contract (TCC) by the US Department of Energy (DOE).
The 10-year contract is estimated to be worth $13bn. The team includes two pre-selected small businesses, DBD and INTERA to provide specialised modelling and regulatory expertise, respectively.
Fluor Government Group president Tom D’Agostino said: “We’re pleased that DOE has given us the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new end-state contract approach to accelerate closing Hanford’s tanks and reduce DOE’s liability.
“Fluor began its 13-year tenure at Hanford in 1996 with a contract to manage most of the site’s cleanup work and we have been an integrated part of the community ever since.”
Under the contract, HWR will provide services for the transition from the current Tank Operations Contract to the TCC.
The JV will also provide operations and maintenance of the single-shell and double shell tank farms including volume management and secondary waste treatment facilities.
Additionally, HWR will provide complete construction and operations and maintenance of equipment required to pre-treat and feed low-level waste to the low-activity waste vitrification facility.
The scope of the work also includes single-shell tank waste remediation and closure to support the Hanford Site environmental cleanup.
BWXT president and CEO Rex Geveden said: “This contract award demonstrates that BWXT’s nuclear operations and waste management capabilities are key differentiators for Hanford’s programs that are of critical importance to the nation and the State of Washington.”
Located in the state of Washington, the Hanford Site was launched in 1943 to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.
However, the mission for the Hanford site shifted from the production of weapons material to waste management and environmental cleanup in 1989.