Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction, and the nuclear reactor technology pioneer GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy today announced that the two companies have formed an alliance to assist Germany and Sweden in the safe decommissioning of their commercial nuclear power plants.
Representing more than 100 years of combined global nuclear industry experience, Bechtel and GEH provide a full range of decommissioning services including pre-shutdown planning, licensing, project development and management, dismantling, demolition, waste handling, and site closeout.
“Our companies are committed to safety and efficiency across the entire nuclear plant lifecycle,” said James Taylor, general manager of Bechtel’s Environmental business line. “Bechtel has performed work from design to dismantlement for more than 150 nuclear plants over the last 60 years. This experience will be critical to delivering quality as Germany and Sweden move forward.”
Lance Hall, GEH executive vice president for Nuclear Services, added “The alliance of GEH and Bechtel provides customers a complete offering of decommissioning services that draws upon the comprehensive experience, resources and project management expertise of both companies. As plants in Germany and Sweden shut down, this alliance will support customers through the end of the nuclear power plant life cycle.”
Serving as an environmental services leader for more than 30 years, Bechtel has extensive experience managing the cleanup, decommissioning, remediation and closure at more than 500 contaminated sites across the world including at U.S. Department of Energy sites in five states and at the Sellafield Site in the U.K. Bechtel delivered the successful decommissioning of Three Mile Island Unit 3 in the U.S. and led a consortium that designed the massive New Safe Confinement arch now covering the damaged reactor at Chornobyl in the Ukraine.
Bechtel remains committed to nuclear power as a safe, always-on, low-carbon provider of electricity in the U.S. and around the world, and has ongoing roles relating to nuclear plant construction and engineering in the U.S and in Wales, U.K.
About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter @gehnuclear.