U.S. Department of Energy selects Atkins, Westinghouse and Fluor to operate the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facilities

Welcome statement

The U.S. Department of Energy selected Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. Read the full news release by clicking here. The contract is valued at $318 million for the joint venture over a five-year period beginning in 2017. MCS looks forward to joining the DUF6 Conversion Operations Project Team. MCS will work closely with the Department of Energy, employees, United Steel Workers Locals 550 and 689, stakeholders and site contractors to meet DOE's objectives safely, efficiently, and compliantly.

The MCS team is comprised of world class companies led by Atkins Global Nuclear Secured with Westinghouse Government Services and Fluor Federal Services being the other two key components of the team. MCS is committed to improving safety, strengthening Conduct of Operations, enhancing maintenance, and increasing production by applying our Safe Flow and Integrated Production System (IPS). Our approach to success is to utilize the strengths of our three member companies to implement our proposed "Safe Flow" technique, which is the application of safety, quality, and production through our Integrated Production System. Success is measured by achieving green status in all three areas, indicating conditions are positive. MCS will apply this practice to the DUF6 plants and in Lexington offices.

The MCS approach

We will engage with the outstanding women and men who work at the DUF6 facilities and build an integrated team that can take on the challenges related to cylinder yard and conversion operations. Together we will achieve our goal of achieving the designed throughput for the facilities. Working as a team, we will implement our Integrated Production System and we will train and motivate our team to deliver exceptional safety and operational performance.

Our Integrated Production System is employee-driven and combines the best industry practices and encompasses all the elements of Integrated Safety Management Systems.

Our leadership

We are proud to announce our leadership team. Our team is led by President and Project Manager Alan Parker of Atkins. Alan brings a proven track record of inspiring project teams to improved safety and consistent operational performance. Alan has chosen an excellent team of qualified individuals.

Who we are

MCS is a joint venture that blends the various strengths of its partners into a single cohesive team:

Atkins brings program management, nuclear/chemical operations, and commercial waste processing expertise; Westinghouse Government Services (WGS) brings conversion operations experience; and Fluor Federal Services, Inc. (Fluor) provides efficient integration into the Paducah and Portsmouth sites. We are performing all the Performance Work Scope (PWS) elements as an integrated team.


Atkins is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing 18,600 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

Our energy business provides expert consultancy, engineering and design services to the nuclear, oil and gas, renewable and power sectors worldwide. We merge original thinking with our 50 years' experience in energy, helping to transform the potential of existing infrastructure as well as new resources and technology to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

Our nuclear teams work across all sectors of the nuclear industry and around the world to improve lives through the safe and secure application of nuclear science and technology. We work closely with our clients to maximize the lifetime output from operating nuclear power stations, supporting the responsible decommissioning of the legacy fleet, and developing the next generation of nuclear power stations. We help governments safely clean up legacy non-reactor nuclear sites and facilities, and supply world-leading technology in areas including waste handling, nuclear chemical processing, and vitrification of high level waste. Cognizant of our responsibilities to stakeholders, we drive efficiency through innovation across all our activities.

Our projects in North America include work at Hanford, WA; Oak Ridge, TN; Savannah River, SC; and Chalk River, Ontario, Canada.

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Westinghouse Government Services, the world's pioneering nuclear energy Company, offers a wide range of nuclear plant products and services to utilities throughout the world, including fuel, service and maintenance, instrumentation and control, and advanced nuclear plant designs.

With more than 12,000 employees worldwide, Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant in 1957, Today, approximately 1/2 of the world's operating commercial nuclear power plants are provided by Westinghouse or its licensees. In the new plant area, the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant is emerging as the new plant technology of choice throughout the world. Westinghouse has been a leader in managing strategic nuclear resources for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy.

Westinghouse website


Fluor Corporation is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. For more than a century, Fluor has served clients by delivering innovative and integrated solutions. Fluor has served as a DOE contractor for more than 70 years, dating back to the Manhattan Project. Fluor supports DOE's cleanup missions at the Idaho Site under the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core Contract, serves as the managing partner on the management and operating contract at the Savannah River Site (including the Savannah River National Laboratory) and is the prime contractor for deactivating the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY and for the decontamination and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. Fluor also manages and operates the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, headquartered in New Orleans, LA, for DOE's Office of Fossil Energy.

Fluor website

Our Mission

MCS is committed to the safe, sustainable performance of the DUF6 plants in Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio.

MCS Core Values

    • Safety First, Safety Always - Take care of each other's safety and don't risk our future.
    • Trust - Create an environment and culture that fosters trust in our workforce, community and with our customer.
    • Integrity - Always tell the truth and share information as soon as you can
    • Our Team - Build a team by being accountable to each other. Talk to the workforce and get their ideas and solutions.
  • Community - Be a part of the community and understand what is important to its members.

Small business plans

Our Small Business/ Small Disadvantaged Business subcontracting approach is focused on using local and regionally based businesses to implement our technical approach. Our selected subcontractors will be engaged in substantial, meaningful, and technically challenging roles. This will help strengthen the local economy, creating new business opportunities. We plan to subcontract more than 18% of our contract value. The following table reflects the focus areas.

For further information during the MCS transition phase, please contact our Subcontracts Manager:
Carol Ajirogi
Phone: 859-685-9267

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