An aerial view of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo: Business Wire)US Fluor Corporation announced that the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) had selected Nuclear Production One (NPOne) — a Fluor-led joint venture with Amentum — to lead the Y-12 National Security Complex and Pantex Plant Management and Operating (M&O) contract.

The contract relates to two sites – the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, both key nuclear production capabilities.

For more than 40 years, the Pantex Plant has been the primary US nuclear weapon assembly, disassembly, and life-extension centre. The Y-12 National Security Complex has been involved in similar work since 1943. The contract includes a four-month transition period and a five-year base period with five, one-year options, for a total contract period of up to 10 years if all options are exercised. The estimated value of the contract is $2.8 billion annually.

"Fluor is ready to deliver on the NNSA's mission at the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant," said Tom D'Agostino, group president of Fluor's Mission Solutions business. "We have supported our nation's security since 1944 and look forward to bringing that experience to both the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Amarillo, Texas sites. With the united purpose of revitalising America's national security, NPOne is committed to building a culture of safety, production delivery and programme excellence, trust and transparency, and site integration."

The NPOne team includes subcontractors Criterion Systems, General Atomics and SOC. As part of its small business initiative, the team also includes woman-owned and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, along with other qualifying small businesses, Fluor said.

Photo: An aerial view of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo: Business Wire)