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.
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.
extensions will allow the contractors to continue their work uninterrupted, DOE
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’
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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