Bechtel to M&O nuclear waste @ WIPP

DOE has selected a Bechtel to manage and operate the nation’s only deep underground repository for nuclear waste: the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Tularosa Basin Range Services LLC, doing business as Salado Isolation Mining Contractors (SIMCO), is a single-purpose entity comprised of Bechtel National Inc. SIMCO will utilize Los Alamos Technical Associates as a New Mexico-based small business teaming subcontractor.

The work scope is valued at up to $3 billion over 10 years if all options are exercised.

“The mission to safely dispose of defense-related nuclear waste is vitally important for protecting people and the planet,” said Dena Volovar, Bechtel National executive vice president. “We’re honored to be entrusted with this mission and look forward to joining the WIPP team and the Carlsbad community.”…

I did some work on the original design of this WIPP project.