North Wind Portage Completes Transition Ahead of Schedule
Idaho Falls, ID – North Wind Portage, Inc.
On February 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded North Wind Portage, Inc. the Moab Remedial Action Project. The project includes remediation and closure operations at the Moab site under a 10-year, $613.9 million contract. The contract’s scope includes the relocation of mill tailings, associated wastes, and other contaminated materials from a former uranium-ore processing facility site in Moab, UT to an engineered disposal facility near Crescent Junction, UT. The purpose of the contract is to complete cleanup of the Moab site, complete the installation of the disposal cell final cover, restore the Moab and Crescent Junction sites, and significantly reduce risk and financial lability through provision of an optimized solution for project completion.
DOE provided Notice to Proceed on March 1, 2022, which signaled the start of Transition. Although the contract allowed 60 days, DOE challenged North Wind Portage to complete transition within 30 days. By March 25, North Wind Portage completed and submitted all transition deliverables, performed due-diligence walk-downs of all facilities and operations, reviewed and accepted all work-controlling documents, reconciled the project property and inventory lists, and transitioned the 110-person workforce to the new contract and its labor determinations. During this Task Order, North Wind Portage will remediate and dispose 500,000 tons of mill tailings and develop detailed plans for demolition of legacy facilities, completion of remediation, and remedial confirmation surveys and sampling. North Wind Portage began remedial activities under the new contract on April 1, 2022, signaling the successful completion of a very compressed transition.