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NNSA Releases Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for Consolidated Contract Competition for Nuclear Production Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant, with an option for phase in of Tritium Operations performed at the Savannah River Site. The draft RFP also includes a separate contract line item for the project management of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex. This draft RFP demonstrates NNSA’s commitment to improving the efficiency of its operations while accomplishing the mission safely and securely. It will also move toward the vision of One NNSA as a fully integrated and interdependent enterprise by achieving four specific objectives:

(i) Improving performance in the completion of national security missions for nuclear production operations;

(ii) Transitioning and merging operations at geographically-dispersed centers of excellence for: nuclear weapon assembly/disassembly; enriched uranium; high-explosive production; and tritium supply management under a single Contract;

(iii) Reducing the cost of performing work; and

(iv) Requiring actions that support operation as an integrated DOE/NNSA enterprise.

This announcement comes after a sequence of events following the decision of the Secretary of Energy in March 2010. In subsequent months, NNSA solicited feedback through public meetings in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Amarillo, Texas and Aiken, S.C.  In addition, a Request for Information sought industry feedback on the inclusion of the Uranium Processing Facility.

The new contracting strategy affects the management of the sites, but neither their physical locations nor mission assignments.  The centers of excellence for enriched uranium, high-explosive production and nuclear weapon assembly/disassembly, and tritium supply management will be retained at the respective sites.

The Y-12 National Security Complex is currently managed by Babcock and Wilcox (B&W) Technical Services Y-12, LLC (comprised of B&W Technical Services and Bechtel National, Inc.). The Pantex Plant is managed by Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Pantex, LLC (comprised of B&W Technical Services, Bechtel National, Inc., and Honeywell International, Inc.). Savannah River Tritium Operations is managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (comprised of Fluor, Newport News Nuclear, and Honeywell International, Inc.).

Information regarding the draft RFP and the NNSA contracting strategy can be found at the following website:

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.