We are pleased to announce that the procurement for the SM-1A Decommissioning and Dismantlement project have been resolved and the team is moving forward with project implementation. On 11 Aug 2023, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded the SM-1A Decommissioning and Dismantlement Contract to Aptim-Amentum Alaska Decommissioning LLC (A3D) in the amount of $95.5M. Their team includes several local companies, to include Heritage-M2C1, Brice, and Lynden Logistics.
As the team worked to finalize the procurement process, on-site activities continued. This summer, USACE and Doyon Utilities, LLC completed the utility separation work under the existing Utilities Privatization contract. Doyon’s utility operations have been relocated to accommodate the SM-1A Decommissioning and Dismantlement work. Additions to the south end of the central heating and power plant and to the Doyon depot have been finished which allowed Doyon to vacate the north end of the plant, turning its control over to USACE for our project.
An on-site kickoff meeting at Fort Greely will occur at this fall, paving the way for our preparatory work at the site. The team is targeting a full mobilization to the site by mid-2024.
The decommissioning contract includes all aspects of the project, including the removal of all reactor components; transportation and disposal of material; site cleanup; and restoration. The USACE team is working hand in hand with the decommissioning contractor to ensure all aspects of the project are done with safety as the top priority. The USACE team overseeing the SM-1A decommissioning has a proven track record of safely carrying out a broad array of radiological projects around the world. This includes the complete decommissioning of one of SM-1A’s sister reactors - the Army’s deactivated MH-1A nuclear reactor onboard the STURGIS vessel, which was the world’s first floating nuclear power plant and the current decommissioning of the SM-1 reactor at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Thank you all again for choosing to be a part of this process with us as progress with the decommissioning and dismantling of the deactivated SM-1A. More project information is always available on our project website www.nab.usace.army.mil/SM-1A/. As a reminder, the team has limited abilities to host site visits, so we have prepared a virtual tour of the site to allow everyone to see the site firsthand. The video is available for viewing on YouTube.
If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the SM-1A project, please feel free to reach out to me and/or email us at CENAB-SM1A@usace.army.mil.