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DOE could award fresh SRS liquid waste contract in August

August 4, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy could award a new contract this month for the Savannah River Site liquid waste mission.

A DOE Office of Environmental Management spreadsheet for “major procurements” lists the contract’s anticipated evaluation and award timeframe as “June-August 2018.”

The procurement chart was last updated at the end of July. Environmental Management is the current SRS landlord.

When asked for more information, a DOE spokesperson said the department “does not publicly comment on the specifics of ongoing procurements beyond general schedule timeframes, and does not have any further comment.”

The liquid waste mission at the Site involves processing millions of gallons of radioactive waste, sealing aging waste storage tanks and operating a massive waste glassification plant.

The forthcoming announcement will mark the DOE’s second recent attempt to issue a new liquid waste contract.

In October 2017, the DOE awarded Savannah River EcoManagement – a BWXT, Bechtel National and Honeywell International consortium – the 10-year, $4.7 billion liquid waste contract. SREM’s two bidding competitors, Savannah River Technology & Remediation and Fluor Westinghouse Liquid Waste Services, immediately protested.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, a government spending watchdog, upheld the SRTR protest, stating in a lengthy report that the DOE had unfairly evaluated the respective bids.

SRTR is an AECOM-CH2M joint venture.

Revised liquid waste proposals were submitted after the successful protest. The Environmental Management spreadsheet lists the receipt date as April 20.

Savannah River Remediation – led by AECOM, with partners CH2M, Bechtel National and BWXT – is the current SRS liquid waste contractor. SRR has been in charge of the liquid waste mission since 2008.

SRR secured a 10-month contract extension, worth approximately $450 million, at the end of May. That contract add-on, not the first of its kind for the liquid waste incumbent, accounts for the ongoing bidding and evaluation process, the DOE has said.

At the time, the president of AECOM’s Management Services group, John Vollmer, said he was pleased with the overall extension.

“AECOM has a long history of supporting the DOE at the Savannah River Site and extensive experience in liquid waste disposition,” Vollmer said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to safely managing the radioactive waste system at the site while reducing the state of South Carolina’s critical environmental risk.”

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