The $1.5 billion National Enrichment Facility (NEF) in Southeastern New Mexico is the first major nuclear facility to be licensed in the United States in nearly three decades and the first to be awarded a combined construction and operating license. The facility will be capable of producing enough enriched uranium to supply 25-percent of the nationís power plant demand by 2013.
URS is providing construction and construction management for the structures which includes approximately 1 million covered square feet. The Quality Level 1 buildings will be constructed of fortified concrete produced on-site using materials from locations across the southwestern United States.
Uranium enrichment and shipping operations are expected to begin in late 2009.