DOE to extend two key Hanford contracts

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two key contracts worth about $23 billion at the Hanford site. The U.S. Dep

The Office of River Protection intends to extend the tank operations contract with Washington River Protection Solutions, and the Richland Operations Office intends to extend the plateau remediation contract with CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

DOE made the announcement in an Aug. 13 memo to staff.

The tank contract, valued at up to $13 billion over a 10-year period, is held by WRPS.

The plateau remediation contract, valued at up to $10 billion over a 10-year period, is held by CH2M Hill.

Both yearlong extensions would run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2020. The current contracts were set to expire Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

The bid process for the new contracts began in late 2018.

The proposed extensions will allow the contractors to continue their work uninterrupted, DOE said.

“Evaluations of proposals for both follow-on contracts, the Tank Closure Contract and the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract, continue in earnest. Extension of the current contracts would only be in force as long as needed after award of new contracts and transition periods to the new contractors,” DOE said in the memo.

DOE did not provide a timeline for awarding the essential services contract, valued at up to $6 billion over a 10-year period, that is currently held by Mission Support Alliance. This contract was set to expire in late May but the company received a six-month extension through November.

DOE said it is currently evaluating the solicitations for this contract.

DOE awarded a contract July 31 of up to $4.6 million for the management and administration of workers’ compensation claims.

The contract was awarded to Penser North America for up to five years. Penser is based in Lacey and will open offices in Richland.

DOE said the new contract will have significant changes from the previous contract and includes requirements for improving and increasing customer support and service.

Penser will be responsible for processing claims and working with all parties involved, including the state Department of Labor and Industries.

The new contract includes requirements for improvements in communications with claimants and among the stakeholders involved in managing compensation claims, DOE said.

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