Posted 10/30/23

BWX Technologies announced the award of a U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program contract totaling approximately $300 million for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor fuel.

Under this contract, BWX Technologies subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services, located in Erwin, Tennessee, will manufacture and deliver fuel for the Naval Reactors Program. BWXT fuel and reactors power the U.S. Navy’s Ohio, Virginia, Seawolf and Los Angeles class submarines, as well as the Nimitz and Ford class aircraft carriers. BWXT fuel and reactors will also power the Navy’s Columbia-class submarines.

The reactors for submarines being developed and built today are designed to last for the life of the ship, and reactors for aircraft carriers are designed to be refueled only once during the life of the ship.

Work under this contract has already commenced, with completion targeted for mid-2025.