From 1996 to 2008, Fluor was DOE's prime contractor ($9.5 billion contract) for remediating a significant portion of Hanford.
Fluor managed seven technical projects and maintained the site's infrastructure including telecommunications, water, sewer, power, and roads; emergency services (safeguards and security, fire protection); and a training facility. Additional responsibilities included project management, engineering, construction, operations, waste management, safety, regulatory compliance, and administration of the site's medical and pension savings plans (combined assets, $1.8 billion).
Fluor managed some of DOE's most challenging and high-risk projects. For example, Fluor processed and packaged 20 tons of plutonium-bearing material ahead of all milestones and $1.8 million under budget. In completing DOE's second highest-risk project, Fluor removed 2,300 tons of irradiated nuclear fuel (80 percent of DOE's inventory) from two 1.2-million-gallon basins next to the Columbia River. The fuel was packaged and stored in underground vaults designed and built by Fluor.
Overall, Fluor saved $900 million in costs from project efficiencies, overhead reductions, and infrastructure savings, freeing up funds to perform core missions. “Whether it was high-risk, high-visibility cleanup work, developing unique safety innovations or contributing to community projects, Fluor's workers delivered results during a pivotal time for Hanford.” August 23, 2009, Tri-City Herald. David Brockman, Manager, DOE Richland Operations.