Bechtel was selected by Xcel Energy to provide engineering, field engineering and construction services at the utility’s Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants in Minnesota.

As part of a five-year contract, Bechtel will manage projects and provide project engineering and construction services. It will also have on-site engineering, construction and project controls staff at each plant.

A news release said the agreement shifts the way Xcel Energy receives plant services. In the past, it has relied on internal and external contractors to provide the services. This agreement relies on a single provider.

“We expect the integration of services into a single provider will result in more predictable and efficient completion of capital projects and delivery of plant services, which ultimately will benefit our customers and stakeholders by providing more cost-effective and reliable electricity,” said Dennis Koehl, Xcel Energy vice president and chief nuclear officer in a release.

Bechtel will perform the following types of work:

  • Construction activities associated with capital projects and modifications; outage maintenance and modification craft augmentation; day-to-day support for scaffolding construction and disassembly; and construction labor
  • Engineering services, including detailed design activities in performance of capital projects modifications such as security projects, equipment reliability modifications, and plant infrastructure upgrades, and specialized engineering analyses for plant operation
  • Field engineering, including performing detailed work planning and field implementation support for capital projects and modifications, such as major equipment replacements and upgrades.

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