The Energy Department could reissue a multibillion-dollar liquid waste management contract for the Savannah River Site in South Carolina early as Friday, two industry sources said.
One source said the new award could land this week or it could arrive as late as October. The Energy Department for its part has said in public presentations it hopes to issue the new contract award this month.
BWX Technologies-led Savannah River EcoManagement won a 10-year, $4.7 billion contract last October to become the new liquid waste manager at SRS. But BWXT and its partners, Bechtel and Honeywell, suffered a major setback in February when the Government Accountability Office upheld a bid protest brought by a team of AECOM and CH2M.
The GAO concluded EcoManagement had not demonstrated that its technical approach for waste disposal would work properly.
In the second quarter, DOE accepted revised bids from all three original teams, including a Fluor-Westinghouse partnership. The winning team will manage storage, treatment, stabilization, and ultimate disposal of over 30 million gallons of liquid waste left by Cold War nuclear weapons operations at Savannah River. The contractor also will eventually take over operation of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at SRS.
The second-round DOE bid award would be followed by a 90-day transition from the current contractor, Savannah River Remediation, a partnership of AECOM, BWXT, Bechtel, and CH2M. That team has received an extension of up to 10 months, which could last through March 2019.
The Energy Department also said late Wednesday the Savannah River Site Management and Operating (M&O) pre-solicitation conference activities scheduled the week of Sept. 17, are being postponed due to the issuance of states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Georgia in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. These activities will be rescheduled for October.