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Scott named deputy manager at Piketon plant

scott.jpgLexington, KY (Dec. 16, 2013) - Dr. Gary L. Scott has been named the deputy manager of the DUF6 Project’s conversion plant in Piketon, OH.  The position is new.

Scott was previously acting plant deputy manager and director of waste management and transportation.

The DUF6 Project – operated for the Department of Energy by Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services LLC (BWCS) – began in 2011 to convert the nation’s 800,000 -metric ton inventory of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to more benign forms for sale, ultimate disposal or long-term storage. READ MORE

Piketon plant reaches five years of safe operations 

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Piketon, OH (Nov. 8, 2013) -- The Piketon OH plant of the Department of Energy’s DUF6 Project marked five years of safe operations without a lost-time accident on Tuesday.  That’s 1826 days, or 1,916,103 work hours of safe operations. READ MORE

Russ Hall,  environment, safety and health supervisor,  flips the days on the Project’s sign to mark five years of safe operations.

 

DUF6 Project doubles production in 2013

Lexington, KY (Nov. 5, 2013) -- The Department of Energy’s DUF6 Project more than doubled its 2012 production with a total of 13,679 metric tons of DUF6 converted in FY 2013. READ MORE

DUF6 Project passes production milestone

Lexington, KY (April 1, 2013) - Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services announces that the DUF6 Project passed a FY2013 milestone on March 24 when total production for the fiscal year topped 6218 metric tons of DUF6 processed. READ MORE

DUF6 Project has safely shipped two million gallons of hydrofluoric acid

Lexington, KY (March 6, 2013) - Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services announces that the DUF6 Project has safely shipped more than two million gallons of hydrofluoric acid (HF) since it began conversion operations. More than one million gallons have been shipped from each of the two plants located in Piketon, OH and Paducah, KY. READ MORE

BWCS concludes FY2012 demonstration goal as Paducah KY plant reaches target

Lexington, KY (Sept. 24, 2012) - Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services announces that the company -- which operates the DUF6 Project for the Department of Energy -- has surpassed its multi-week demonstration goal by operating all four production lines at the plant continuously and simultaneously for 14 days from Sept. 4 through Sept. 18. The Paducah plant has had one or more lines running for 30 days since the first line was brought up. READ MORE

DOE’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office, Babcock and Wilcox Conversion Services sign Partnering Agreement

Lexington, KY (August 10, 2012) – Officials of the Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office and Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services – operators of the DUF6 Project for PPPO – today signed a Partnering Agreement as a step in improving productivity through streamlined processes.   READ MORE

J. KENT FORTENBERRY NAMED CHIEF ENGINEER

Lexington KY (May 1, 2012) --  “I’m delighted to announce that J. Kent Fortenberry is joining the Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services team as Chief Engineer,” said George Dials,  BWCS president and project manager.  READ MORE

Michelle Reichert named deputy manager

Lexington, KY (March 22, 2012) – George E. Dials, president and project manager of B&W Conversion Services, announces that Michelle M. Reichert has been named Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services Deputy Project Manager.   Reichert will assume accountability for the DUF6 Project and related activities in Dials’ absence.   READ MORE

GEORGE DIALS EARNS TOP NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT AWARD

Lexington KY (March 5, 2012) -- Babcock and Wilcox Conversion Services is proud to announce that George E. Dials, president, has honored with the annual Wendell D. Weart Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Waste Management Symposium.    READ MORE

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B&W CONVERSION SERVICES

Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Service LLC (BWCS) is the project management and plant operating contractor for the DUF6 Project to convert more than 700,000 metric tons of DUF6 (depleted uranium hexafluoride) into depleted uranium oxide, a more stable chemical form that can be reused, stored, or disposed of.

The DUF6 Project is overseen by the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) of the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM).

The DUF6 is a byproduct of the uranium enrichment process conducted at U.S. gaseous diffusion enrichment plants in Paducah, KY, Portsmouth, OH, and Oak Ridge, TN. It is temporarily stored in a total of about 63,000 steel cylinders at the Paducah, KY and Piketon, OH conversion plants. In its present chemical form, it is chemically corrosive; the Department of Energy intends to convert the material for reuse, storage or disposal.  A byproduct of the conversion process is Hydrofluoric Acid (HF), which can be reused industrially.

BWCS was formed by Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group and URS Energy and Construction and won the five-year $428 million operating contract in late 2010. After a successful 85-day transition,  BWCS assumed the management and operating contract for the newly-constructed DUF6 plants at Paducah and Piketon on March 29, 2011.