DOE begins search for WIPP operations contractor

July 17, 2020, 12:30PMRadwaste Solutions

The Department of Energy on July 16 issued a request for information (RFI) for the operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. The DOE's Office of Environmental Management is currently in the acquisition planning phase to offer a new contract to provide services at WIPP. The RFI solicits input, through capability statements, from contractors that have the capabilities necessary to meet the major elements of scope for the upcoming competitive procurement process.

RFI purpose: The purpose of the RFI is to select a contractor to provide services at WIPP and to implement the DOE’s National Transuranic Program, among other requirements. The majority of the work will be conducted in Carlsbad, N.M., and at the WIPP site, located about 32 miles from Carlsbad, and at various DOE generator sites.

Feedback info: The capability statements will provide the DOE with feedback from contractors and other interested parties regarding possible alternative approaches for the major elements of scope, as well as insight into potential contracting alternatives without affecting safety and achieving steady-state operations.

The final contract type, period of performance, amount of funding, and other items will be determined through the acquisition planning process and the responses to the RFI.

About WIPP: WIPP, a 2,150-foot-deep geologic repository, is the nation's only repository for the disposal of defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste.

More on the RFI: Additional information is available online from the DOE.

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