Contract awarded in MOX construction project

Missouri-based Alberici Constructors Inc. has won a subcontract to build part of a $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel facility at Savannah River Site, which will convert surplus weapon-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power plants.

Alberici received a $44 million contract from Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC, which is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to design and construct the plant, known as the “MOX” plant.

Alberici’s portion of the project includes constructing the upper floors of a 500,000-square-foot concrete building where mixed oxide fuel will be manufactured. Portions of the building will include concrete walls and floors as much as four feet thick.

The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, expected to cost $4.86 billion, will convert nuclear weapons to beneficial use in accord with arms control agreements. The United States and Russia have agreed to dispose of at least 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium each.

Alberici reported $1.3 billion in revenue in 2008, and it is ranked as the 47th largest construction firm in the United States by the Engineering News-Record.

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