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December 31, 2019

DOE Sets Deadline for Savannah River Lab Contract Briefings

By ExchangeMonitor

Potential bidders on the management and operations contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina have until noon ET on Jan. 9 to sign up for briefings.

The Energy Department is providing new details on its Jan. 16 industry day for the stand-alone lab contract.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management said Dec. 18 it is issuing a request for information (RFI) on a potential stand-alone contract for SRNL, which is currently included under the operations contract for the full Savannah River Site held by Fluor-led Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS).

While the notice gives the usual DOE disclaimer that there is no guarantee it will issue a request for proposals, one source expects a solicitation in mid-2020.

The industry day meetings are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Augusta, S.C. The one-on-one meetings will be followed by a tour of the Savannah River National Laboratory from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. A meeting for interested community members will then be held at the hotel starting at 5 p.m.

The industry meetings will include briefings on the preliminary scope of work for the SRNL contract. Along with conducting research and managing the laboratory, the winning vendor would be expected to provide technical advice and guidance to the Energy Department in support of policy development and other activities.

Reservations can be made by emailing DOE-SROEA@srs.gov.

Questions can be directed to Energy Department Contracting Officer Travis Marshall, at travis.marshall@emcbc.doe.gov.

Responses are due to the current RFI by 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 22.

The Savannah River National Laboratory has about 1,000 staff members and is designated as the only national laboratory for the DOE Office of Environmental Management.

In addition to helping DOE’s environmental cleanup, SRNL says its core competencies also include nuclear materials processing and disposition; and nuclear forensics for national defense, enabling the lab to assist the semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration.

The laboratory hopes to develop a closer relationship with academia and expand its research portfolio without diluting its current work.