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Energy Department Selects Deactivation Contractor for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a Task Order under the Nationwide Environmental Management ID/IQ Unrestricted Contract to Fluor Federal Services, Inc. for deactivation activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Paducah, Kentucky, which is currently leased to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC).

The award is anticipated to support transitioning and preparing the site for Deactivation and Decommissioning of the former uranium enrichment facilities. The task order provides extensive and detailed hiring preferences for the available, highly skilled labor force.

Services to be provided under the task order include, but are not limited to, Project Management (including Paducah GDP Delease Planning and Facility Transfer); Facility Modification and Infrastructure Optimization (including Stabilization and Deactivation of GDP Facilities); Decontamination and Demolition, and Environmental Services. The Task Order will contain both firm fixed-price and cost reimbursable elements including award fee components. The estimated award value is approximately $420 million over three years.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (Paducah GDP) is located on a 3,423-acre Federal reservation in Western Kentucky, approximately 10 miles west of Paducah and 3.5 miles south of the Ohio River. It is a Government-owned uranium enrichment plant that was constructed in the early 1950’s and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies for producing enriched uranium to support commercial and military nuclear reactors and to support weapons development activities. In 1993, the GDP facilities were leased to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) for uranium enrichment operations. DOE is preparing for return of the GDP facilities that are leased and operated by USEC.

The Department of Energy is responsible for cleaning up the nation’s gaseous diffusion buildings in accordance with the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992. The mission of the DOE Environmental Management program is the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and Government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

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