MCS bags contract operate uranium hexafluoride facilities in US

MCS bags contract to operate uranium hexafluoride facilities in US

5:22 AM, 3rd October 2016
MCS bags contract to operate uranium hexafluoride facilities in US

IRVING, US: Mid-America Conversion Services LLC (MCS), a joint venture between Atkins plc, Fluor Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation said that it has been awarded a contract by US Department of Energy (DOE), to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at Paducah and Portsmouth in US.

The contract is valued at $318 million over a five-year period of operation beginning in 2016. Work will begin in the first quarter of 2017.

The project includes the operation of DUF6 conversion facilities for the purpose of processing DOE’s inventory of stored DUF6, a co-product of the uranium enrichment process. The facilities convert DUF6 to depleted uranium oxide for possible future reuse, storage or disposal. A co-product of the conversion process is hydrofluoric acid, which can be reused in industrial processes.

“As the prime contractor at DOE’s Paducah and Portsmouth sites, Fluor has tremendous experience and insight at both DUF6 plant locations, their stakeholders and the business needs that will be helpful in making the DUF6 project successful. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the sites’ employees, the communities in which we work, and to supporting the safe cleanup of the facilities,” said Bruce Stanski, president of Fluor’s Government Group.

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