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DOE Awards Contract for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities

Source: Press Release. Energy.gov | Office of Environmental Management | September 29th, 2016 | Media Contact Lynette Chafin, 513-246-0461
Location: United States, Ohio
Industry type: Nuclear Industry


Cincinnati — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities at Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio. The contract includes cost-plus award fee and firm-fixed-price contract line items. The total value of the contract is $318,811,847, with a five-year period of performance. Five proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

The work to be performed under the contract is for operation of the DUF6 conversion facilities and management of the cylinder yards located at the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) Site in Ohio, and at the DOE Paducah GDP Site in Kentucky, with some management functions performed at an office located in Lexington, Kentucky.

The services to be provided under the contract include, but are not limited to, providing Surveillance and Maintenance (S&M) for the DUF6 conversion facilities and associated equipment, operating the conversion facilities to convert the DUF6 from the inventory at Paducah and Portsmouth to uranium oxide at design throughput of the conversion facilities, reusing and/or transporting and disposing of the DUF6 conversion process end-products and wastes, selling the aqueous hydrofluoric acid (AqHF) product and providing S&M services for the cylinder storage yards.

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.