Best-in-Class Team Prepares to Take INL to Next Level

May 13, 2004, 01:00 ET from Bechtel

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing a record of success in
 revitalizing Idaho's national laboratory through leadership, investment, and
 vision, Bechtel announced it has teamed with Best-in-Class industry and
 university partners to win the management and operations contract of the Idaho
 National Laboratory.
     "Each member of this exciting team has a track record that will strongly
 contribute to the Department of Energy's vision of this Laboratory as one of
 the world's leading institutions for nuclear energy and national security
 research and development," said Craig Weaver, president of Bechtel's Energy
 & Environment Group. "During the past four years, we have focused and grown
 the Laboratory to help solve our nation's scientific and technical
     Team members include Bechtel, Entergy Nuclear, Honeywell International,
 and Texas A&M University.
     Weaver noted that Bechtel's tenure at the Idaho site has demonstrated the
 company's ability to provide high quality science and technology products to
 meet our government's needs in a safe, secure, and cost-effective manner,
 and to be an active and contributing participant in local, regional, and
 state endeavors that have improved the quality of life for Idahoans. "We
 were committed to INEEL's mission in 1999, and we staked our reputation on
 the Laboratory's rise in stature and capability. This rise was achieved
 through the hard work of our staff and our management's intense focus on
 partnering with the DOE and with the Lab's other customers.  The INL now
 needs a continuation of a singular level of priority from its contractor."
     Entergy and its affiliates own and operate 10 nuclear generating units at
 eight sites, making the Entergy system the largest nuclear power operator in
 the U.S. Northeast and one of the largest in the nation. "Every day we
 safely produce low-cost, affordable power for Americans without emitting any
 air pollutants. Entergy Nuclear has the proven reactor operational
 experience to complement DOE's vision of a nuclear future," said Gary J.
 Taylor, president and CEO of Entergy Nuclear.  "The nuclear technology to be
 developed at INL is a key part of a national energy mix that is critical to
 America's energy security, diversity, and energy independence."
     Honeywell's well-deserved national reputation as a manufacturer of quality
 products and integrated system solutions has helped make life safer and more
 secure for people, industry, and governments in every corner of the world.
 "As a leader in the development of national security systems, Honeywell
 understands the practical applications of the technologies developed at
 DOE's national laboratories," said Dave Douglass, vice president and general
 manager of Honeywell's Air Transport operations in Phoenix and former
 president of Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, which operates
 the National Nuclear Security Administration's businesses based in Kansas
 City, MO. "Our industrial and security knowledge, integrated with the
 impressive national security research and development program created at the
 Laboratory during the past four years, will result in significant
 contributions necessary to continue protecting America's national security."
     With the fastest growing nuclear education program in America, Texas A&M
 University will have an immediate impact at the INL. "Texas A&M understands
 DOE's goal of a premier applied research and nuclear engineering educational
 component for the INL," said Benton Cocanougher, interim chancellor of The
 Texas A&M University System. "We also look forward to building upon the
 academic pursuits, compelling collaborations, and personal relations we have
 established with Idaho's major universities."
     Background on team members includes:
     Bechtel is the managing partner of Bechtel BWXT Idaho, which currently
 manages the INEEL for the U.S. Department of Energy. Bechtel engages in
 projects for major federal government customers including the U.S.
 Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Environmental
 Protection Agency, the United States Agency for International Development
 (USAID), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
 Bechtel's ability to provide world-class engineering, construction, and
 management services on large, complex, first-of-a-kind projects has made the
 company a leading contractor for both the U.S. Defense and Energy
 departments. Bechtel is the world's leading engineer and constructor within
 the power generation industry, with experience that includes 150 nuclear
 power generation units worldwide.
     Entergy Corporation, the parent of Entergy Nuclear, is an integrated
 energy company engaged primarily in electric power production, retail
 distribution operations, energy marketing and trading, and gas transportation.
 Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 megawatts of electric
 generating capacity, and it is one of the largest nuclear generators in the
 United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers
 in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and operates nuclear
 facilities in several states. Entergy has annual revenues of over $9 billion
 and approximately 14,000 employees.
     Honeywell is a $23 billion diversified technology and manufacturing
 leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services;
 control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers;
 automotive products; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced
 materials.  Honeywell is one of 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones
 Industrial Average and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
 Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON,
 as well as on the London, Chicago, and Pacific Stock Exchanges.
     The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest and most complex
 systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 10
 university campuses, seven state agencies, and a comprehensive health
 science center, the A&M System educates nearly 100,000 students, conducts
 more than $500 million in research, and reaches another 11 million people
 through services each year. Texas A&M University, the flagship institution
 in the A&M System, enrolls 45,000 students and is in the top ten among U.S.
 universities in research. The Dwight Look College of Engineering has nearly
 10,000 students. Texas A&M is also home to the largest and fastest growing
 nuclear engineering program in the country, with a current student
 enrollment of about 204 undergraduates and 74 graduate students, and a
 faculty of 19. Graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered in nuclear
 engineering and radiological health engineering. Texas A&M University
 research facilities include two research reactors, seven accelerators, and a
 high-energy pulsed plasma laboratory. and

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