By Wayne Barber
8 March 2019
PHOENIX, Ariz. – While the Department of Energy and its nuclear cleanup contractors acknowledge they are learning on the job, both sides Wednesday stressed the urgency of meeting deadlines for the first set of solicitations issued under the agency’s overhauled approach to procurement.
Requests for proposals are due March 18 for two potential 10-year, multibillion-dollar contracts at the Hanford Site in Washington state. The Central Plateau Cleanup Contract and the Tank Closure Contract are the first two RFPs to employ DOE’s new end-state contracting model.
Delays on those awards could “choke the entire system” of upcoming contracts in the pipeline, said Greg Meyer, senior vice president for Fluor’s environment and nuclear business. The next contracts earmarked for the end-state approach — Nevada Environmental Protection, the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York, Idaho National Laboratory, Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning, and the Oak Ridge Remediation Contract – are all set to come in rapid succession over the next couple years, he noted.
The Office of Environmental Management plans to issue the Nevada RFP in either April or May.READ MORE