Chemical clean-up worth $2 billion over 10 years

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass has recently been chosen to build and manage a plant to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky, US.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass has been chosen by the US Defense Department’s Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program to design, build, operate and close a plant designed to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky.

The Blue Grass program is a multi-phase project spanning a decade of work, with an estimated life-cycle cost of about $2 billion. Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is a joint venture of Bechtel National, Inc, Parsons, General Atomics, the Washington Group International, Battelle and General Physics.

Under the contract’s first task order, a design-build plan will be developed for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. Subsequent tasks will be awarded for design completion, construction, start-up testing, pilot testing, operation, and ultimately, closure.

The plant will use neutralisation followed by supercritical water oxidation to destroy the Kentucky chemical weapons stockpile comprised of blister agent in projectiles and nerve agent in projectiles and rockets.

Since 1944, the US Army has stored approximately two percent of North America’s original chemical weapons stockpile at Blue Grass.