Savannah River contract awarded to Battelle-led group

December 23, 2020, 3:05PMNuclear News

A new M&O contract was awarded for SRNL. Photo: DOE

A management and operating (M&O) contract for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) valued at approximately $3.8 billion was awarded to Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BSRA), a consortium of universities and private firms led by Columbus, Ohio–based Battelle. Awarded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, the cost-plus-award-fee contract will include a five-year base period (inclusive of 120-day transition period) and potential term of up to five more years, for a total period of up to 10 years.

As announced by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management on December 22, the new SRNL M&O contract is expected to enhance the laboratory’s ability to focus on research and development, increase its flexibility to pursue more diversified projects, and attract talent and the involvement of other research and academic institutions in its projects.

BSRA takes over responsibility for the SRNL work scope from the larger Savannah River Site (SRS) M&O contract with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The transition of the management and operation of SRNL to the new contract will start following issuance of a notice to proceed to BSRA, the DOE said.

The scope: As the SRNL M&O contractor, BSRA will be responsible for the overall management and operation of SRNL at the SRS in South Carolina. According to the DOE, the work performed under the new contract will include operations and maintenance of SRNL’s nuclear and nonnuclear facilities and DOE mission roles focused in the areas of environmental management, national security, science discovery, energy security, and legacy management.

Many benefits: “This M&O contract will position SRNL to maximize its potential as a national laboratory to benefit the department, the American scientific discovery and innovation ecosystem, the local communities near the lab, and the American taxpayer at large,” said DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar.

Ron Townsend, Battelle’s executive vice president for Global Laboratory Operations, said, “BSRA’s approach will ensure the delivery of high-impact science, technology, and engineering solutions into the future through a significant expansion of SRNL’s core competencies. Our team offers an exciting, compelling vision for the future of SRNL and provides DOE a leadership team that will deliver with excellence.”

The company: BSRA is wholly owned by Battelle, one of the DOE’s leading laboratory management contractors. The BSRA team includes five universities from the region—Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, South Carolina State University, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, and the University of South Carolina—as well as small business partners Longenecker & Associates and TechSource.

According to the DOE, BSRA’s teaming arrangement with regional universities will further the department’s goal to increase academic involvement in the management of the laboratory.

Battelle currently has a management role at seven DOE national labs: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It also operates the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for the Department of Homeland Security.

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