Recovery Act funds contracts at SRS

Contracts totaling $3.1 million were announced Tuesday by Savannah River Site's primary contractor as part of a broad program to decommission two obsolete nuclear weapons material reactors using funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

Havird Oil Co., of Leesville, S.C., received a $1.1 million contract to provide up to 460,800 gallons of low-sulfur diesel fuel, according to a statement from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, which is managing much of the $1.6 billion in stimulus funds awarded to SRS.

The contract is for the supply and delivery of the fuel in anticipation of hauling more than 250,000 cubic yards of concrete to decommission the P- and R-Reactors. The contract will cover fuel purchases and deliveries for one year.

A separate contract to dismantle gantry cranes atop the two reactors was awarded to the low bidder, Bierlein Field Services Inc., of Midland, Mich.

The $2 million contract anticipates that the cranes will be removed, cut into smaller sections and delivered to a landfill for disposal by the end of May next year.

Bierlein plans to use the services of Southway Crane, a small business from Columbia with an office in Augusta, during the dismantling process.

Bierlein also intends to hire as many as seven people during the two-month effort.

Through December, more than $260 million in Recovery Act contracts had been awarded, including $110 million in contracts awarded to businesses in this area, the statement said.

The R-Reactor began production of plutonium at SRS in 1953 and was shut down in 1964. The P-Reactor began production of plutonium in 1954 and was shut down in 1988. Both were used to support America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era.

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