Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC and Bechtel have formed an alliance allowing the two companies to provide an extensive range of decommissioning services to domestic nuclear power plants.
During Westinghouse’s announcement no significant details were released. The company, however, did state the alliance leverages each company’s several years of nuclear experience and allows them serve plants that have reached the end of their operable lives. The company will offer a broad set of services, including decontamination, licensing, demolition and waste handling.
Westinghouse’s President of the Americas Mark Marano commented on the alliance with Bechtel:
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 … 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.
According to Westinghouse, Bechtel has over 30 years of experience in cleanup and decommissioning. Bechtel’s experience comes from working at over 500 different sites, including Three Mile Island after the 1979 accident at one of the nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.