EXECUTIVE CHANGES AT BWCS
George Dials, first BWCS president and DUF6 Project manager, left the company April 4 to return with his wife, Pamela, to his home in Santa Fe, NM, later in the month.
“The challenges of getting this project going kept us here much longer than we anticipated,” Dials said. “I am looking forward to settling in and getting re-involved with my home state.”
He has served as BWCS president since the company assumed the contract for the Department of Energy’s DUF6 Project in 2011.
Jeff Stevens, vice president of operations for the Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, is acting president and project manager until a permanent replacement is named.
Tom Robinson, who has been the plant manager of the DUF6 Paducah (KY) plant since BWCS assumed the contract, is leaving the Project April 18 to return with his wife, Gail, to his home near Augusta, GA, where he expects to be occupied for some time with overdue home maintenance.
Robert C. Hogg, deputy manager of the DUF6 Paducah plant, has been named acting plant manager. He was a senior technical advisor when the contract was assumed, and was named deputy plant manager in October, 2012.
Piketon plant reaches five years of safe operations
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.
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.