Comprehensive Decommissioning International, LLC (CDI), a joint venture company of SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International, won its second commercial contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to decommission the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
CDI will be responsible for decommissioning, demolishing and cleaning up the single-reactor facility beginning this year, now that site ownership has transferred to Holtec from Entergy Corporation. Pilgrim joins Oyster Creek as CDI’s second decommissioning project. SNC-Lavalin will report the related services revenues under SNCL Engineering Services.
“CDI is pleased to welcome 270 former Pilgrim station employees to the project,” said Kelly Trice, president, CDI. “Their knowledge of the local community and the single-reactor Pilgrim plant, coupled with CDI’s approach to beginning the decommissioning process now will ensure we restore the site for re-use in the safest and shortest possible time.”
CDI aims to safely and efficiently decommission and dismantle the facility decades earlier than would have otherwise been the case. Within a few years of the plant’s shutdown, used nuclear fuel will be placed in dry storage systems. Upon completion, the vast majority of the 1,700 acre site will be rendered fit for commercial/industrial use.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the transfer of the Pilgrim license from Entergy to Holtec and plant ownership was transferred this past August. Agreements are also in place between Holtec and Entergy for its Indian Point, NY, Palisades, MI nuclear units, whee CDI will be the decommissioning general contractor, following each plant’s closure.