SRNS parent companies ‘interested’ in future management of SRS
The companies behind Savannah River Nuclear Solutions are keeping an eye on the future Savannah River Site management and operations contract, according to Stuart MacVean, the SRNS president and CEO.
At the end of August, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a draft request for proposal for SRS management and operations post-2018.
On Friday morning, during a North Augusta Chamber of Commerce breakfast, MacVean said SRNS’s parent companies – Fluor, Newport News Nuclear, Honeywell International – are “of course … very interested in that contract.”
“We’ll just have to see how that goes,” the CEO added.
In a follow-up interview, MacVean, as an SRNS executive and employee, also expressed interest in the future management and operations contract.
MacVean described the DOE’s draft RFP as a “really big one.” The 10-year contract has an estimated value of approximately $15 billion.
“And so there’s lots and lots of interest in companies that are coming to town and looking to explore the opportunity to be involved in that contract,” the CEO said.
SRNS has been the management and operations contractor – overseeing the Savannah River National Laboratory, nuclear cleanup, landlord services and National Nuclear Security Administration activities – since 2008.
SRNS’s contract was set to expire this summer, but the DOE awarded the company a one-year extension at the end of July. That extension was valued at $1 billion, a DOE spokesperson has said.
The DOE is expected to issue a final RFP for the contract in January 2019, a DOE spokesperson said in August. A contract award is expected in summer 2019, the spokesperson added at the time.
MacVean on Friday, though, casted doubt on that timetable.
“My guess is, based on the way solicitation is going, we’re probably going to get extended again,” MacVean said.
The CEO later attributed his comments to a confluence of the solicitation’s pace – Hurricane Florence has delayed some portions – and SRNS’s extension expiring July 2019.