BWXT Conversion Services LLC (BWCS) was formed specifically to bid on the DUF6 Project contract. It is a sole purpose company with corporate headquarters in Lexington, KY and plant operations in Paducah, KY and Portsmouth, OH. The 51 percent majority shareholder is Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group (B&WTSG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox. The minority shareholder is URS Energy and Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of URS.
The Lexington headquarters is located close to the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management department, which oversees the contract.
BWXT Conversion Services, LLC was notified of the award of the contract on Dec. 8, 2010. Transition started on Jan. 3, 2011 and was completed March 29, 2011 (85 days later). The company took over operations of the Project on that day. The company currently employs approximately 400 people and has approximately 30 professionals as staff augmentation or support service contractors.
Both the Paducah and Portsmouth facilities are located on Department of Energy reservations close to the gaseous diffusion plants which enriched uranium starting in the mid-1950’s.