Bechtel National to Eliminate Last SS-24 Nuclear ICBM Missile Silo Site In The Ukraine
(Source : Bechtel National, Inc.; issued Oct. 22, 2001)
SAN FRANCISCO---Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) will dismantle and eliminate the last remaining SS-24 Nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Silo Site in Ukraine on October 30, marking the end in another chapter of the Cold War. The elimination of this facility will take place in Pervomaysk, Ukraine, located approximately 400 kilometers south of the capital, Kiev.
This historic event is part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program mission to convert former active military sites to sunflower fields and forests. The CTR Program is performed under the direction of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Ukraine Ministry of Defense under the terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks Treaty.
BNI was awarded the SS-24 ICBM dismantlement contract in June 1998. Under the contract BNI was responsible for removal of the missiles from their silos, defueling and partially neutralizing them, repairing and maintaining a variety of infrastructure and special handling equipment, transporting the missiles to transfer stations, loading them onto special railway cars, and transporting quantities of liquid rocket fuel and oxidizers.
Among the types of missile facilities destroyed at the Pervomaysk site are hardened launch control silos; several administration buildings; standby power, refrigeration, and security installations; fuel and underground water storage tanks; security fences; connecting tunnels, and a variety of buried utility components.
In keeping with Bechtel's "zero accident'' policy, the BNI Ukraine CTR Project Team and its Ukrainian Subcontractor personnel have worked over 7.6 million safe job hours to date under BNI's management. The BNI Ukraine CTR Project Team invested many years to develop a safety program and train its on-site Ukrainian Subcontractors workforce.
"We are excited to be part of such a historic event and are proud of our continued involvement in the CTR Program,'' said BNI President Tom Hash.
A September 2002 completion date is scheduled for the technical site restoration activities for the last two remaining SS-24 Missile Regiments in Pervomaysk, which each include 16 SS-24 missile silos and one launch control silo. These sites will be then transferred by the Ukraine MoD to the local Ukraine Oblast authorities where they will be used for either agricultural or forestation purposes.
Bechtel Work History In The Ukraine:
Some of BNI's prior projects in the former Soviet Union include the dismantlement of 130 missile silos of the SS-19 type, also in the Ukraine; a chemical weapons destruction program in Russia; the construction of a storage facility for a stockpile of fissile material formerly contained in Russia's nuclear arsenal; the design and construction of a testing and training center to support security upgrades at 123 nuclear weapons storage sites in Russia; and a logistical support assignment that involved a variety of CTR facilities in the Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Currently, BNI also is involved in an effort to clean up, decommission, and stabilize the damaged Unit 4 reactor building of the Ukraine's Chornobyl nuclear power station.