Cleaning up Hanford, currently a Bechtel project, has already cost taxpayers $170 billion over 30 years.

Cost To Taxpayers To Clean Up Nuclear Waste Jumps $100 Billion In A Year

29 January 2019

The estimated cost of cleaning up America’s nuclear waste has jumped more than $100 billion in just one year, according to a DOE report – and a watchdog warns the cost may climb still higher. The Energy Department’s projected cost for clean-up jumped from $383.78 billion in 2017 to $493.96 billion in a financial report issued in December 2018.
 

Source: NBC News

Bechtel's Savannah River Site team receives top marks from DOE.

SRS Management, Liquid Waste Contractors Earn ‘Excellent’ Performance Rating

28 January 2019

Two incumbent contractors at the Savannah River Site have received top marks from the U.S. Department of Energy, netting the teams millions of dollars each. Between Oct. 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions performed to an ‘excellent’ standard, according to a recent review.

Source: Aiken (SC) Standard

Bechtel is one of the 10 biggest construction companies in the world.

And Finally...The 10 Companies Dominating The Global Construction Industry

28 January 2019

In an effort to put the world’s ten biggest construction companies size and revenue into perspective, online merchant Roof Stores has been investigating exactly where these companies operate, how much money they make, how many staff members they employ and have calculated revenue per employee. It found that companies that have the largest revenues that are not necessarily the most efficient.
 

Source: Scottish Construction Now

10 industries further along in AI than construction and will increase AI spending over next three years.

How AI And Machine Learning Could Transform Construction

25 January 2019

Anyone who uses Facebook can’t have failed to notice that in recent years it has become rather good at recognizing faces – it is as if the social network has been scrolling through photos of your friends for years and is now as familiar with them as you are. You may find this unsettling or remarkable, but the reality is that this is only the most visible manifestation of the rapid improvements in artificial intelligence under way across the globe – improvements that have, for example, led the US government to announce it is trialing facial recognition systems as a security measure at the White House, and sparked protests – on ethical and privacy grounds – against e-commerce giant Amazon for selling such technology.
 

Source: Building UK

Draft RFP released for next Tank Closure contract at Hanford Site.

DOE Cleanup Office Provides Batch Of Draft RFP Documents For Hanford Tank Contract

24 January 2019

The Energy Department Office of Environmental Management on Friday released the key sections of a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the next Tank Closure Contract at the Hanford Site in Washington state. In particular, the agency is looking for industry feedback on its master indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract option, which it has suggested for the upcoming tank contract.
 

Source: ExchangeMonitor

Bechtel is one of several partners on the LLNL contract.

UC Official Tapped To Lead Livermore Weapons Programs

23 January 2019

A senior official at the University of California has been picked to lead nuclear weapons programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory effective Feb. 4, the Department of Energy facility said Tuesday. Kimberly Budil will be principal associate director…”

Source: ExchangeMonitor

Downstream 2019 brings together 10000+

Attendees Of Downstream 2019 Set To Triple

22 January 2019

Downstream 2019 will be taken to an entirely new level in Houston, Texas, in June 2019, with the number of attendees set to triple previous numbers. It will bring together 10 000+ downstream professionals to create the first-ever one-stop shop for anyone across the petrochemical, chemical, refining and LNG value chains.”
 

Source: Hydrocarbon Engineering

FERC grants final EIS on Driftwood LNG project

Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG Export Terminal Secures Final EIS From FERC

21 January 2019

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, and its associated pipeline project on the US Gulf Coast. The Driftwood LNG project, which is estimated to see an investment of $13-16bn, will be built near Lake Charles in Louisiana.
 

Source: Compelo

Saudi Arabia exploring sustainable water project

Ways Saudi Arabia Is Looking To Save Water

14 January 2019

With Saudi Arabia ranking among the top five countries in the world in terms of water scarcity, the Kingdom is changing the way it produces, uses and distributes water to ensure sustainable growth. One of its key initiatives is the Red Sea Project, a luxury tourism destination with islands, nature and culture, which aims to set a new standard of sustainable development by optimizing its power, potable and sewage water, as well as solid waste.

 

Source: Arab News

Bechtel offers simulated training on the handling and disposal of mustard gas at Pueblo's Airport Industrial Park.

A Diamond In The Rough

13 January 2019

I recently took a tour of one of Pueblo’s biggest employment centers. And it had been hiding in plain sight from me since I moved here about a year and a half ago.

Source: La Junta (CO) Tribune-Democrat