DOE issues draft request for SRS management and operations contract
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a draft request for proposal for the upcoming management and operations contract at the Savannah River Site.
Responses, questions and comments to the draft RFP will inform the final version. Feedback from interested parties will be accepted through Sept. 21.
The DOE is expected to issue the final RFP in January 2019, a DOE spokesperson said Tuesday. A contract award is expected summer 2019, the spokesperson added.
The post-2018 management and operations contract is valued at $15 billion over the course of 10 years, according to DOE information.
The management and operations contract at the Site – currently held by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions – encompasses DOE Office of Environmental Management cleanup activities, landlord services, Savannah River National Laboratory management and National Nuclear Security Administration-related work.
The scope of work detailed in the draft RFP also includes tritium oversight. It’s of interest because the NNSA is currently reviewing its role at SRS, including whether the agency should relocate tritium operations off-site entirely.
The management and operations contract does not include the liquid waste mission, currently conducted by Savannah River Remediation, and physical Site security, currently handled by Centerra-SRS. The NNSA leads the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project, but the management and operations contractor must provide support, according to the draft RFP.
SRNS’s current contract is set to expire July 2019. The contractor received a one-year extension – to account for this ongoing procurement and transition – at the end of July.
SRNS has been the management and operations contractor at SRS since 2008.
According to the draft RFP, bids for the contract will be in part evaluated on their respective technical approach, key personnel and past performance. Technical approach is “slightly more important” than key personnel, and key personnel is “significantly more important” than past performance, according to the same information.
Evaluated price, the draft RFP reads, is arguably the least important.
The draft RFP was issued ahead of planned contract-related conferences, one-on-ones and a Site tour.
On Sept. 10, the DOE will host a roughly three-hour pre-solicitation conference at an Augusta hotel. At the meeting, the DOE will review the draft RFP in-depth.
On Sept. 10-11, the DOE will conduct one-on-one meetings with interested management and operations firms. The sessions allow curious – potential – bidders to provide input on the draft RFP.
Suggestions made during the consultations will not be attributed, according to a DOE schedule.
A half-day tour of SRS is then scheduled for Sept. 12.
None of the upcoming events are mandatory, according to DOE information, and the government will not reimburse related expenses.