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GAO Upholds Selection of Team Led by Bechtel National, Inc. for Pueblo Chemical-Agent Destruction Pi

San Francisco, CA - January 13, 2003 The U. S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has upheld the selection of a team led by Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) to support destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot, near Pueblo, Colo.

The BNI team was selected for the Pueblo contract by the Defense Department’s Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment program on September 27, 2002. Another bidder filed a protest in early October, and the GAO upheld the selection of BNI on December 17. The team will begin mobilizing in January. As the prime contractor, BNI will provide project management, safety, quality, design engineering, procurement, subcontracting, construction, and business services. The core Bechtel Pueblo Team includes three subcontractors:
  • Washington Demilitarization Company will be responsible for systemization, pilot testing, operations, and closure of the facility. 
  • Parsons Infrastructure and Technology will be responsible for process design, process equipment fabrication, and support to systemization and operations. 
  • Battelle Memorial Institute will provide environmental permitting and compliance, laboratory management, and pilot testing.
The team also includes two second-tier subcontractors. General Atomics will assist with process equipment design and technology support as a subcontractor to Parsons. General Physics will provide training services as a subcontractor to Washington Demilitarization Company. The core team will be supplemented by local subcontractors. 

BNI President Tom Hash said, "The companies of our Bechtel Pueblo Team have extensive experience at all of the existing chemical weapons destruction facilities in the United States, and Bechtel is the largest Department of Defense contractor for eliminating weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. We’re pleased to bring this experience to the important job of destroying the weapons stockpile at Pueblo."   The Bechtel team will design, build, operate and close the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, using neutralization and biotreatment to destroy projectiles and mortars containing 2,600 tons of mustard agent, about eight percent of the U. S. chemical weapons stockpile. The project is estimated to last about 10 years at a cost of approximately $1.5 billion.   Under the contract’s first task order, a design-build plan will be developed. Additional task orders under this basic contract will be awarded in the future for following phases of the effort, including design completion, construction, systemization, pilot testing, operation, and ultimately, closure.

Mike Lewis will be the BNI Project Manager for the Pueblo work. Lewis was construction manager at the Anniston Chemical Disposal Project and has held construction and project management positions on a variety of nuclear and hydroelectric projects in his 26-year Bechtel career.