Vit plant contributes $90 million to Tri-City economy in 2015

Courtesy Bechtel National

Construction on Hanford’s vitrification plant might be taking longer than anticipated, but it is paying benefits for Tri-City businesses.

The vit plant awarded $111 million to companies based in Washington and Oregon in fiscal year 2015, with $90 million of that staying in the Tri-Cities, according to a news release from Bechtel National, which is building the plant for the Department of Energy.

“We value the relationships we have with local and regional companies and appreciate being able to work closely with our large and small business neighbors to realize the mission of the vit plant,” Peggy McCullough, project director and Bechtel senior vice president, said in a statement. “Local and regional businesses are an extended part of our team and are important to the completion of the vit plant.”

The $12.3 billion vitrification plant is being built on a 65-acre campus on the nuclear reservation and will treat up to 56 million gallons of radioactive waste for disposal. The waste is left from the past production of plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program.

$12.3 billion price tag for vitrification plant

56million gallons of radioactive waste to be treated

$111 million in contracts to Washington, Oregon companies in 2015

Among the local companies working on the vit plant are Dade Moeller and Abadan, both of Richland.

Dade Moeller has two vit plant contracts, one of which covers development and review of a radiation protection program. The other contract involves developing waste management plans and procedures.

Office technology company Abadan provides copiers, wide-format engineering plotters, scanners and technical support. Bechtel said it has worked with Abadan since construction started on the plant.

Bechtel, which won the contract to build the vit plant in 2000, has purchased $1.2 billion in goods and services from Tri-City businesses since construction started, the release said.