A joint venture of three American companies BWX Technologies, Fluor and Amentum, have won a 10-year contract with a ceiling of $45bn for environmental management operations at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear site in Washington state.
Hanford was created in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project and contains 177 underground tanks holding approximately 56 million gallons of radioactive waste, which was used to produce nuclear fuel for the site’s reactors to generate plutonium for the US defence programme.
The contract was awarded by the US Department of Energy and includes the operation of Hanford tank farm facilities, as well as the Waste Treatment and Immobilisation Plant. It also includes oversight of project management, security and emergency services, business performance and environmental safety.
Tom D’Agostino, Fluor’s mission solutions president, said: “The scope of work under this new contract is critical to the mission of cleaning up Hanford and we are excited to begin building on the progress the tank farm facilities have already achieved in removing and processing waste.”