Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel have joined hands through a multi-year alliance agreement to provide tailored decontamination, decommissioning and remediation (DD&R) services to commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S.
The alliance will exploit the global nuclear experience of the companies to provide the U.S. nuclear energy market with a comprehensive scope of DD&R services like pre-shutdown planning, characterization, decontamination, licensing, project development and management, dismantling, demolition, waste handling and site close-out.
“Westinghouse is pleased to join with Bechtel to bring about the most fully integrated range of decontamination, decommissioning and remediation services available to the U.S. nuclear energy market,” said Mark Marano, Westinghouse president for the Americas.
Marano added that the deployment of consolidated, proven technologies and processes from this alliance will meet the needs of U.S. nuclear power plants that are coming off-line, ultimately allowing the opportunity to return the land to useable property.
The alliance will approach nuclear plant DD&R through a strategic, management-of-actions, resources and technology, or SMART, method with specific focus on the efficient handling of highly radioactive materials to provide lowest-cost, lowest-risk solutions for each plant. The end goal however, is to maintain a positive environmental impact.
“The Westinghouse and Bechtel alliance has the skills and longevity to take on the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s nuclear site decommissioning projects,” said Nick Liparulo, Westinghouse senior vice president, Engineering, Equipment and Major Projects. “This is an example of how we support the safe and environmentally friendly life cycle of nuclear power plants in their entirety.”
Westinghouse provides fuel, services, technology, plant design and equipment for the commercial nuclear power industry. The company supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Its technology is the basis for nearly half of the world’s operating commercial nuclear power plants.
Bechtel on the other hand, has been a leader in the nuclear industry for more than 60 years, having performed services on 88 percent of the U.S. nuclear power fleet. The company has more than three decades of experience in cleanup, decommissioning, remediation and closure at more than 500 contaminated sites across the world, including nuclear waste facilities in Washington State, New Mexico, Idaho, Tennessee and South Carolina. Bechtel also performed extensive decontamination and decommissioning after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.
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