Lab Notes: Bechtel pushes 2008 revenue to $31 billion

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By The Staff

Bechtel Corporation, parent of Bechtel National, one of the principal partners in Los Alamos National Security announced record revenues for 2008, the sixth straight record year, according to the privately owned company.

The company also announced a record $35 billion in new contract awards, the third straight year in that category.

Since 2004, the company has recorded an 80 percent increase in total revenues, from $17.4 billion to $31.4 billion.

The company’s annual report attributed income from oil, gas and chemicals as having set the pace for the most recent year.

“Last year Bechtel National maintained its role as a top service provider to the U.S. government. We helped cut costs and increase efficiency at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which are managed by teams led by Bechtel and the University of California,” the company reported.

Lab receives pollution prevention awards

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded five Environmental Stewardship awards and three Best-in Class awards under its Pollution Prevention awards competition.

"These projects represent another example of the commitment of Lab staff to eliminate waste and invoke cost-effective process improvements," said Denny Hjeresen of the Laboratory’s Risk Reduction Office in an announcement Wednesday.

The laboratory also received a Department of Energy “E Star” award for its Environmental Management System project.

The awards were based on a competition that included pollution prevention programs, recycling and affirmative procurement accomplishments across the nuclear complex administered by NNSA.

The lab will hold its Pollution Prevention Awards ceremony April 22 in the Physics Building Auditorium.

Stewardship awards were given for energy and money saving measures like one project that will annually replace 90 fluorescent light fixtures in glove boxes with LED lights. The project is expected to save $32,000 in energy costs, purchasing and waste disposal.

An example of a Best-of-Award was a project that reduced the number of computer servers from 200 to 12, saving an estimated 873,000 kilowatt-hours per year in energy savings, including $605,000 in the first year and an expect $1.4 million annually in future years.

Supercomputing Challenge on deck

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 19th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge comes to town Monday and Tuesday. Some 250 middle- and high-school students and their teachers will visit the laboratory for the two-day competition.

David Kratzer, who coordinates the statewide convocation each year for the laboratory said 61 teams are scheduled to participate.

LANL is now home to the Roadrunner, the first high performance supercomputer to break the petaflop speed barrier and still officially the fastest in the world.

A petaflop is one quadrillion, or a thousand trillion.

Student project posters will be on display Monday afternoon at the Santa Clara Gallery on the second floor of the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center. They have been posted on the event’s web page, www.challeng.nm.org, where the presentation schedule will also be posted Monday morning.

The award’s ceremony will take place from 9:45 a.m. to noon, Tuesday at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.