URS Corporation announced today that a URS-led consortium has been awarded a five-year contract extension with a $2.9 billion budget.

The extension was awarded by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The consortium, Nuclear Management Partners, Ltd., is an international team comprised of URS, AREVA and AMEC PLC, which is a British consultant, enginering and project management company. The extension was granted for its engagement as the Parent Body Organization of the Sellafield nuclear complex in West Cumbria, United Kingdom.

“URS’ Global Management and Operations Services Group, located on Newberry Street in Aiken, manages the URS work for the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority,” said Keith Wood, URS director of public affairs. “We are extremely pleased to be able to continue serving our NDA client at one of Europe’s most complex and challenging nuclear sites.”

The consortium entered into a contractual arrangement with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in November 2008 for the management and operations of the Sellafield site. The 2008 contract had a five-year base term, with an option to extend the contract periodically for a total of 17 years.

URS Chairman Martin Koffel said the company’s core mission is to provide value to our clients while successfully executing their most challenging and essential projects “We are proud of our work at Sellafield, one of the most complex nuclear sites in Europe, and pleased with the NDA’s decision to extend the contract. We understand the unique challenges of this site, and are focused on delivering value while safely accelerating the clean-up of Sellafield.” Koffel stated in a press release.

Tom Zarges, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners, is also excited about the opportunity.

“We are delighted that NDA has chosen to extend our contract as the Parent Body at Sellafield,” said Zarges. “While there are many challenges ahead, the team at Sellafield is the best prepared of any in the world to meet these challenges and deliver safe, accelerated high hazard clean up.”

URS Corporation is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, URS Corporation has more than 50,000 employees in a network of offices in nearly 50 countries.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.