SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a second contract to Sigma Labs Inc. for manufacturing technology and support for an international nuclear agreement.
The agreement -- called ARIES, or advanced recovery and integrated extraction system -- is a national security program for disassembling and destroying surplus plutonium pits, and transforming plutonium oxide powder into fuel for civilian nuclear reactors.
The program is the result of an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation to eliminate 34 metric tons of weapons grade materials and turn them into nuclear fuel for commercial fuel.
"This latest contract is one in a series of awards that validates our expertise and our ability to deliver solid technical results to the most demanding applications in the world, namely U.S. national security and reducing the threat of weapons proliferation," said Mark Cola, president and chief executive officer of Sigma Labs. "This latest contract is part of a broader engagement strategy that Sigma Labs is implementing with the U.S. National Laboratories covering advanced manufacturing technology areas ranging from additive manufacturing and 3D printing to critical U.S. National Security objectives such as ARIES."