Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corporation said Thursday that it had been awarded a $1.4 billion, five year contract from the U.S. Department of Energy focused on the cleanup mission at the so-called Idaho Site under the Idaho Cleanup Project.
The contract involves cleanup at the 980-square-mile site 38 miles west of Idaho Falls that has a storied history in nuclear power research and development.
The site, which opened in the 1940s as a Navy artillery proving ground is famous as an early developer of nuclear power for civil use. On December 20, 1951, the Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 at the Idaho site generated power to light four light bulbs, paving the way for the future of the industry that now generates 19 percent of the country's electricity.
Fluor Idaho will focus on addressing key elements of the ICP (Idaho Cleanup Project) Core, including dispositioning transuranic waste (TRU), spent nuclear fuel storage and high-level radioactive waste processing.
The work, said Fluor in a statement, "will support multiple national and state regulatory agreements, including the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement, and to seamlessly consolidate the ICP and Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project contracts."
The consolidation eliminates redundancies, integrates activities and ensures the government gets the highest return on its investment, Fluor said.
Fluor noted that it has a 70-year track record with government contracts, “dating back to the Manhattan Project.”
In addition to its current role as the managing partner on the management and operating contract at the Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory, Fluor serves as the prime contractor for decontaminating and decommissioning the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, and deactivating the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky. Fluor also manages and operates the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, the company said.
“We have a legacy in Idaho,where we have worked on some of the most innovative nuclear facilities including the Materials Test Reactor, the Advanced Test Reactor and the New Waste Calcine Facility,” said Fluor President of Government Group Bruce Stankski.
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