Final RFP issued for WIPP transportation services contract

June 14, 2021, 9:30AMRadwaste Solutions
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has issued a final request for proposals for a transportation services contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico. The current WIPP transportation services contract, held by CAST Specialty Transportation, expires on May 27, 2022.

The final transportation services RFP was issued on June 10. The DOE is also seeking to procure a new management and operating contract for WIPP, and a final RFP for that contract was issued on June 3.

The transportation contract, which is being established as a total small business set-aside with a five-year ordering period, provides facilities, personnel, and equipment to operate a local terminal within a 10-mile perimeter of Carlsbad, N.M., and transportation and maintenance services necessary to support WIPP, the DOE’s deep geologic repository for transuranic (TRU) waste.

According to the DOE, services include, but are not limited to, carrier services for the safe transport of contact-handled and remote-handled TRU wastes and mixed hazardous constituents, including polychlorinated biphenyls and asbestos, from various DOE sites and other defense-related TRU waste generator sites to WIPP and between generator sites.

The contract: The contract resulting from this procurement is anticipated to be a single-award deal, which provides for an indefinite quantity of services for a fixed time. The contract will also use firm-fixed-price task orders, which may include separate contract line-item numbers (within task orders) for specified cost reimbursable (no-fee) items such as state permits and use fees, New Mexico gross receipts tax, fuel, and a safe-driving bonus.

Additional information on the RFP can be found on the Office of Environmental Management’s Consolidated Business Center website.

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