Washington Group International to Build Uranium-Enrichment Facility

Washington Group International received a contract by Louisiana Energy Services (LES) to provide construction services in building a uranium-enrichment facility near Eunice, N.M. Providing construction services for the National Enrichment Facility is an expansion of Washington Group’s role at the site, WGI said. The engineering, construction and environmental services firm has been providing related construction-management services there since mid-2006.

The $1.5 billion facility will provide the U.S. with an alternative domestic source of enriched uranium required to operate the country’s nuclear power plants, Washington Group said. It is the first major nuclear facility to be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the U.S. in three decades, the company said.

The National Enrichment Facility is scheduled to begin production in mid-2009. Construction is expected to conclude in 2013.