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April 11, 2019

Deadline Looms for Portsmouth Infrastructure Contract Extension

By ExchangeMonitor

The Energy Department has until April 24 to decide whether to exercise a 22-month option to keep North Wind-led Portsmouth Mission Alliance (PMA) on the job as the infrastructure support contractor for the Portsmouth Site in Ohio.

The $140 million contract for the North Wind-Swift & Staley joint venture began in March 2016 and runs through mid-January 2021, provided the extension is picked up.

The scope of work includes: surveillance, maintenance, and repair of facilities; telecommunications and computing; safeguards and security; records and property management; and grounds and road maintenance.

There was no word Wednesday on whether the Energy Department intends to pick up the option period.

Portsmouth and the Paducah Site in Kentucky are the sites of two now-retired gaseous diffusion plants used to enrich uranium first for nuclear weapons and later for commercial nuclear reactors. Energy Department vendors are overseeing remediation of both Cold War sites.

On Feb. 20, DOE’s Office of Environmental Management issued a request for information on a potential new consolidated contract for infrastructure support services at both the Portsmouth Site and the Paducah Site. In December, Swift & Staley was awarded an $88 million, 22-month contract extension to continue providing infrastructure support services at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.