The Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management could as early as today announce award of a new contract for liquid waste management at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, an industry observer said Wednesday.
Rumors are circulating widely that the department’s nuclear cleanup office will release the news by close of business, the source said.
Bidding on the new contract, which could be worth $4 billion to $6 billion, closed more than a year ago. It covers storage and disposal operations for about 35 million gallons of waste left behind by Cold War nuclear weapons operations at the facility near Aiken. S.C.
The current contract is held by Savannah River Remediation, a team led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies.
The current team appears to have broken up in the pursuit of the new deal, the source said: AECOM and CH2M are still partners, while Bechtel and BWXT are believed to be leading a separate team. Newcomer Fluor has reportedly teamed with Westinghouse.
The Office of Environmental Management, along with representatives for companies believed to be bidding on the waste contract, did not respond by deadline to confirm the anticipated timing of the announcement.