Bechtel National Awarded $27 Million Contract To Eliminate Ballistic Missile Silos In Ukraine

July 23, 1998 Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Defense Special Weapons Agency to destroy 46 former Soviet SS-24 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch silos and five launch control centers in Ukraine.The contract award is the latest in a series of BNI assignments linked to the ending of the Cold War. Under terms of the agreement, BNI will provide project management, integration, and construction management services to both the Weapons Agency and the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense's 43rd Rocket Army for a $27 million effort that will eliminate silo facilities that are located at Pervomaysk, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) south of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. The project is being carried out as part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) agreements reached by the U.S. and Ukrainian governments under terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START 1) Treaty.

The new job is one of seven CTR projects in which Bechtel National is currently involved. In recent years, the company has been involved in nine CTR-related assignments in countries of the former Soviet Union. Included among the tasks for which Bechtel National will be responsible on the SS-24 assignment is the removal of the missiles from their silos, defueling and partially neutralizing them, repairing and maintaining a variety of infrastructure and special handling equipment, transporting the missiles to transfer stations, loading them onto special railway cars, and transporting quantities of liquid rocket fuel and oxidizers.

Among the types of missile facilities to be destroyed at the Pervomaysk site are hardened launch control silos; several administration buildings; standby power, refrigeration, and security installations; fuel and underground water storage tanks; security fences; connecting tunnels; and a variety of buried utility components.

The contract calls for work to begin immediately and for all silo facilities to be eliminated by December 2001. Work on a variety of related support tasks is scheduled to be completed by December 2002.

As has been the case on all of its previous CTR projects, BNI will maximize local participation by subcontracting out a majority of its work to Ukrainian nationals. In this instance, the company will team with Ukrainian contractors RPIE Stroom and K.B. Yuzhnoye and will be assisted by Ukraine's Central Design Institute in carrying out its work.