DOE extends Savannah River Site M&O contract

October 4, 2022, 7:01AMRadwaste Solutions
The Savannah River Site (Photo: DOE)

The Department of Energy has extended Savannah River Nuclear Solutions’ (SRNS) management and operating contract at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina for up to an additional five years. The announcement was made recently 29 by engineering company Fluor, which leads the SRNS joint venture, along with Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell.

According to Fluor, the extension includes four years with an additional one-year option, with a total reimbursable contract value of $12 billion. SRNS will continue uninterrupted M&O activities at the site, the company said.

Continuing contract: The SRNS M&O contract was to expire on September 30 under a 12-month extension option awarded by the DOE last year. The DOE had initiated a search for a new Savannah River Site M&O contractor, issuing a draft request for proposals in April 2021, but suspended its search later that year.

The DOE announced in November 2021 that it had postponed the new SRS contract, worth $21.5 billion over 10 years, saying that it needed to reexamine the final contract request for proposal “to ensure it provides for the best possible mission execution and value for the taxpayer.”

The scope: Work performed at SRS includes environmental management and the cleanup of legacy materials, facilities, and waste remaining from the Cold War. The site also supports and maintains the nuclear weapons stockpile as well as processing and storing nuclear materials in support of U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts.

He said it: “This extension represents the DOE’s confidence in our performance to help safeguard our nation’s security and deliver on the important mission at the site,” said Tom D’Agostino, group president of Fluor’s Mission Solutions business. “We are continually improving efficiencies to accelerate program objectives and lower costs while also delivering capital projects of every scale.”

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