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Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership awarded contract

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The United States Department of Energy (US DOE) has announced that Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC., a CH2M-led company with partners Fluor Corporation and BWX Technologies, Inc., was awarded the Paducah deactivation and remediation (D&R) contract at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The Paducah site is situated on approximately 3500 acres in Western Kentucky, eight miles west of Paducah, Kentucky, and 3.5 miles south of the Ohio River.

The performance based contract is valued at approximately US$1.5 billion over 10 years; the base term is five years valued at approximately US$750 million, followed by three year and two year option periods, valued at an approximate total of US$750 million combined. A transition period is scheduled to begin on June 2017.

The site, built in the 1950s as part of the nation's nuclear weapons complex, processed uranium from 1952 – 2013 for military reactors, nuclear weapons, and nuclear power plant fuels. The D&R contract includes management of over 650 structures, properties, and buildings and will optimise short and long-term surveillance and maintenance costs to allow for additional stabilisation, deactivation and remediation activities, reducing risk and future demolition costs.

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