Westinghouse, Bechtel form nuclear decommissioning alliance

Source: Westinghouse

Westinghouse, Bechtel announce alliance for decontamination, decommissioning and remediation services for U.S. commercial nuclear power plants

Westinghouse Electric Company has announced a multi-year alliance agreement with Bechtel to provide tailored decontamination, decommissioning and remediation (DD&R) services to U.S. commercial nuclear power plants.

Leveraging each company’s more than 50 years of global nuclear experience, the alliance will provide the U.S. nuclear energy market with a comprehensive scope of DD&R services. Examples of these services include 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, Americas. “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. Focus will be on the efficient handling of highly radioactive materials to provide the lowest-cost, lowest-risk solutions for each plant, with the end goal of maintaining 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, Pa., and its technology is the basis for nearly half of the world’s operating commercial nuclear power plants.

“The alliance between Bechtel and Westinghouse represents a strong and proven set of solutions to the industry’s need for safe and reliable D&D execution,” said Michael Graham, general manager of Bechtel’s global environmental business.

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