The Bechtel Report 2016

Nuclear, Security & Environmental

Our Nuclear, Security & Environmental business serves two distinct sets of customers: allied governments with missions related to national security, environmental cleanup, and chemical weapons disposal; and commercial enterprises. In 2015, we continued to help our customers transform mission delivery and achieve greater operational efficiency in the face of budget cuts, regulatory pressures, and market uncertainties.

Transforming Mission Delivery

Our government customers have vital missions. We’re helping them achieve greater efficiencies through consolidation of their facilities and by applying our project management expertise to their operations.

We have consolidated facilities for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Navy at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, and the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. At Y-12 and Pantex, two massive DOE national security sites, our efforts will yield significant cost savings during the course of the contract. In the UK, we are helping the Ministry of Defence drive down purchasing, project management, and key equipment program costs and schedules to better support and equip its military.

Facilities Life Cycle Management

At the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Kentucky and the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado, we are assisting with the mission to safely eliminate the remaining 3,000-plus tons of mustard and nerve agents from the United States chemical weapons stockpile from start to finish. Our role includes engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, performance testing, startup, operations, and closure.

In October, we completed construction of the Blue Grass facility. It now moves into a multiyear-testing phase. The Pueblo plant is expected to begin official operations in 2016.

Long-term Industry Leadership

Bechtel is helping allied governments and commercial customers transform mission delivery.

80 percent of nuclear plants in the United States designed, serviced, or delivered by Bechtel

and 150 worldwide

Procured more than $1.3 billion in goods and services from U.S. small businesses in 2015

Managing and operating two key nuclear defense plants for the DOE

Building the largest capital project ever undertaken by the National Nuclear Security Administration

Supporting the UK’s naval and air forces through project management, controls, and supply chain management

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, Kentucky

Select New Projects and Milestones


Uranium Processing Facility, United States

The Bechtel-led Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC partnership teamed with the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Site Readiness project on time and $20 million under budget.

Arnold Engineering Development Complex, United States

In June, the U.S. Air Force selected Bechtel-led National Aerospace Solutions LLC to run key operations for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee. The contract includes operation of 43 wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, ballistic ranges, and space chambers, as well as technology development, equipment and facility sustainment, capital improvements, and other services.

Y-12 and Pantex, United States

A Bechtel-led company, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, which also worked on the UPF project, completed the first 15 months of managing and operating the Pantex and Y-12 nuclear security facilities for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. All mission-critical deliverables were met.

Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, United States

In the project’s 15-year history, 2015 marked the safest year, and the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) continues to be one of the safest places to work in the DOE complex. We achieved many significant milestones in the design and construction of WTP in Washington state. When completed, WTP will safely treat and immobilize millions of gallons of liquid radioactive waste, a byproduct from plutonium production during the Cold War. The site also received the DOE’s highest safety award, the Voluntary Protection Program Star Status of Excellence.


Savannah River Remediation, United States

At the Savannah River Remediation site, we are responsible for removing high-level radioactive liquid waste from existing underground tanks, treating that waste in complex facilities designed to make it safe for long-term disposal, constructing the high-tech salt disposal units, and the final closure of the emptied, million-gallon waste tanks.

Hanford Corridor River Cleanup, United States

As a member of the DOE’s Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) team, we have helped remove more than 2 million tons of chromium- contaminated soil from areas near the Columbia River. To date, our WCH team working at the Hanford, Washington, site has demolished 323 buildings, cleaned up 571 hazardous waste sites, disposed of 11.4 million tons of contaminated material, and placed two nuclear reactors in interim safe storage.


Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Plant, United Kingdom

Bechtel is providing management consulting services to EDF Energy/NNB Generating Company as it undertakes initial site and related infrastructure development and construction planning for two 1,650-megawatt European Pressurized Reactor units at Hinkley Point in southwest England. The two-unit plant, when completed, will have the capacity to generate 3,300 megawatts of power.

Watts Bar Unit 2: 
A New Chapter in U.S. Nuclear Power

In 2015, Bechtel completed construction of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor. In October 2015, the U.S. government granted the operating license for the reactor, ending the nation’s nearly 20-year hiatus of no new nuclear power plants. Watts Bar Unit 2 will add 1,150 megawatts of non-carbon-emitting power to the facility. Together, Unit 2 and the already operating Unit 1 will produce enough electricity to power approximately 1.3 million homes.

“This is cause for celebration for the millions of people in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service territory who can count on Watts Bar 2 as another source of reliable, carbon-free electricity for decades to come.”

Marvin Fertel President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute

Watts Bar Units 1 and 2, Tennessee

Watts Bar Unit 2

Notable workforce achievements include:

33 million

Number of hours (nearly five years) without a lost-time incident­­—an exceptional safety record


Watts Bar is the first plant in the United States to complete post-Fukushima safety upgrades, in June 2015


Unit 2 successfully completed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s operational readiness team inspection

Watts Bar Units 1 and 2, Tennessee:

This facility will produce enough electricity to power about 1.3 million homes.