DOE awards $3 billion WIPP M&O contract to Bechtel affiliate

July 13, 2022, 7:00AMRadwaste Solutions
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

Reston, Va.-based Tularosa Basin Range Services (TBRS), a single-purpose entity under the umbrella of Bechtel National, has been awarded the 10-year, $3 billion management and operating contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). Located near Carlsbad, N.M., WIPP is the DOE’s geologic repository for defense-generated transuranic waste.

The new contract replaces the current WIPP M&O contract held by Nuclear Waste Partnership, which expires on September 30. The contract with TBRS was announced on July 11.

The bids: EM issued a final request for proposals for the WIPP M&O contract on June 2, 2021. The office said it received five proposals in response to the solicitation, and TBRS was selected after its proposal was determined to be the best value to the government.

The agreement with TBRS is a cost-plus-award-fee M&O contract with an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract line item number. It will include a four-year base period and six one-year option periods.

The scope: As the WIPP M&O contractor, TBRS will support EM’s mission by managing, operating, and maintaining the WIPP site by performing work that includes the following:

  • The Centralized Characterization Project.
  • Transportation activities.
  • WIPP operations.
  • Projects, both capital asset and non–capital asset.
  • Experimental and testing activities.
  • WIPP program support.

The company is also required to maintain and report on an annual Community Commitment Plan.

TBRS will use Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) as a small business teaming subcontractor.

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