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NNSA Extends Contracts for Y-12, Pantex Plants
The Obama administration has extended by one year the contracts for the entities that manage the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas, the National Nuclear Security Administration indicated last week (see GSN, Sept. 7).
One extension estimated at $803 million enables B&W; Technical Services Y-12 LLC, a partnership between Babcock & Wilcox Co. and Bechtel National Inc., to continue management of the the Y-12 plant through Sept. 30, 2011, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported (Frank Munger, Knoxville News Sentinel I, Oct. 1). The Y-12 site builds and modernizes nuclear-weapon components and secures bomb material, according to United Press International (United Press International, Oct. 1).
"We're extremely pleased that NNSA has extended our contract. We believe the extension recognizes strong past performance and shows confidence in our ability to continue operating the site safely, effectively and efficiently," Y-12 General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst said in a statement (Frank Munger, Knoxville News Sentinel II, Oct. 1).
A second extension estimated to be worth more than $498 million enables continued management of the Pantex Plant by B&W; Technical Services Pantex LLC (Munger, Knoxville News Sentinel I). The facility assembles and disassembles U.S. nuclear weapons (UPI).
"B&W; is pleased to continue to provide management and operations services to these facilities and to serve the NNSA's national security needs," Robert Cochran, president of B&W; Technical Services Group Inc., said in released remarks. "Our operating groups have achieved excellent performance ratings at both the Pantex and Y-12 sites, and we are confident we can continue to provide this high level of service to NNSA in the future" (Babcock & Wilcox Co. release, Oct. 1).
The contracts could pave the way for a possible combined deal for management of the two sites and potentially of tritium activities at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the News Sentinel reported. The two deals include possible three-month extensions to facilitate the competition process (Munger, Knoxville News Sentinel I).
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