The US Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded Westinghouse Savannah River Company an extension valued at $8.4 billion to its contract to manage and operate the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. The Washington Group International-led company, that includes Bechtel, BWXT and BNFL, has managed the SRS since 1989.
The 14,000-employee facility’s primary missions include environmental remediation, waste management, nuclear legacy material disposition, and tritium processing to support the nation’s limited but remaining nuclear weapons stockpile.
Dennis R. Washington, company chairman and chief executive officer said: “Winning this contract extension reflects the exceptional performance of our men and women at Savannah River for the past 11 years.” The extension lasts through to end September 2006.
In addition to its on-going national defence and clean-up responsibilities, SRS has been named the DoE site charged with converting the nation’s excess plutonium reserves into material that cannot be used in nuclear weapons. President of Westinghouse Savannah River Company Joseph Buggy said: “It is gratifying to know that our team will continue to operate the facility to help the nation - and the world for that matter - with some of its most pressing nuclear challenges.”