Jacobs Secures $243M Contract Extension from DOE-EM for Deactivation, Demolition, Removal Services; Karen Wiemelt, Quoted

Jacobs, as part of CH2M Hill BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), a Jacobs-led joint venture, was awarded a potential 39-month, $243 million contract extension from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) at the West Valley Demonstration Project, the company announced on Wednesday.

“The Jacobs team has performed impressive and impactful work at the site and around the West Valley, New York community for the past 10 years,” said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions North American Nuclear Senior Vice President and General Manager Karen Wiemelt. “I’m confident in our ability to continue to perform and exceed expectations throughout the contract extension.”

With the extension,  the new contract value has totaled $836 million. The CHBWV team will complete the deactivation, demolition and removal of the last major facility remaining at the site, the Main Plant Processing Building (MPPB), as well as other facility disposition activities.

The CHBWV team has completed 98 percent of the deactivation work required before the MPPB can be demolished. The team also has demolished 44 of 47 site facilities to date as well as improved infrastructure to support the cleanup efforts at the site, both current and future.

In late 2018, Jacobs crews completed the demolition of the 10,000-square-foot vitrification plant and disposition of legacy waste, the largest and most complex environmental cleanup at the site. The West Valley Demonstration Project is an environmental remediation project at the site of a former commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing center located about 40 miles south of Buffalo, New York.

Since Jacobs’ control of the site to carry out the first phase of decommissioning activities that began in August 2011, the team has conducted cleanup and facility demolition activities and is actively engaged in removing radioactive waste, contaminated equipment and obsolete structures from the 200-acre site.

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