Safety analyses supporting commercial nuclear, advanced nuclear, and nuclear security

Bechtel’s Nuclear Safety Center of Excellence (NSCE) leverages the best practices, lessons learned, tools, and processes from Bechtel’s 60+ years of nuclear safety service to customers on commercial and government projects—and adds the talents of our world class engineers and technical specialists—to provide industry-leading nuclear safety expertise and capabilities across a wide array of government and commercial nuclear projects around the world.

The NSCE provides nuclear engineering expertise in the areas of

  • nuclear facility hazard evaluation,
  • accident analysis,
  • radiation protection, 
  • nuclear facility licensing, and
  • criticality safety

Our industry-recognized nuclear safety experts are proficient with industry-leading nuclear safety processes and computer codes. Our people have extensive experience in licensing, nuclear safety analysis, and radiation protection for both commercial and government nuclear projects, including existing reactor and advanced reactor technologies (Gen III+/IV, small modular reactors, non-light water designs) and U.S. Department of Energy nuclear facilities

Since the inception of the nuclear industry in the 1950s, Bechtel has been and continues to be a world leader in nuclear development, design, and construction. 

Meet our team and learn more about our capabilities. Download our commercial nuclear power and government nuclear brochures now. 


Nuclear Safety Analysis

  • Source term analysis
  • Atmospheric dispersion 
  • Hazard analysis
  • Criticality safety
  • Fire/Explosion
  • Aircraft/missile impact
  • Thermal hydraulic and heat transfer analyses

Nuclear Facility Licensing

  • Safety analysis reports
  • Documented Safety Analysis (DSA)
  • Design Certification Application (DCA)
  • Early Site Permit Application (ESPA)
  • Combined License Application (COLA)
  • Siting Studies
  • Environmental Reports
  • 10 CFR Part 50.59 and USQ Evaluations
  • License Amendment Requests

Radiation Protection

  • Radiation protection criteria development
  • Shielding/Dose analyses
  • ALARA assessments
  • Spent fuel and radioactive material handling

Current or Recent Projects

Current or Recent Projects

(Above) Bechtel successfully developed the Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) and Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) for the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Project on a DOE-requested accelerated schedule.

  • Advanced Reactor Support—4 DCAs, 9 combined operating license applications (COLAs), 4 early site permit applications (ESPAs for 5 advanced reactor technologies including AP1000, ABWR, ESBWR, APR1400, EPR, and small modular reactors)
  • Vogtle 3&4 Licensing and Construction, Georgia
  • Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, Richland, Washington
  • Sellafield Pile Fuel Cladding Silo, Sellafield, UK
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory management & operations
  • Wylfa Newydd Engineering and Project Management, United Kingdom
  • Versatile Test Reactor Engineering Design, Idaho National Lab
  • Watts Bar Unit 2 Completion, Tennessee
  • Utility EOC and Post Fukushima Support (Southern Nuclear, Dominion, STPNOC, Exelon, FENOC)