BWCS Hires Steve Wilkerson as Paducah Operations Director

Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services (BWCS) has named Steve Wilkerson as the company’s new Paducah Operations Director as part of a major organizational re-structuring.  In his new role, Steve will have responsibility for all operational aspects of the DUF6 conversion plant located on the DOE Paducah reservation in southwestern Kentucky.  Steve Wilkerson brings 35 years of combined high hazard operations experience in personnel, outage and project management, facility operations, unit startup, maintenance and training at commercial, U.S. Department of Energy, and military nuclear facilities.  Most recently, Steve was the Waste Treatment Director at the Savannah River Remediation Project where he led his team in setting production records for the Defense Waste Processing and Saltstone Facilities while maintaining outstanding Safety and Conduct of Operations performance.




BW Conversion Services Status/NewsBW Conversion Services OperationsBW Conversion Services DUF6 Process


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.