The Department of Energy plans to issue a draft request for bids for a sitewide services contract for the Hanford nuclear reservation by the end of August.
The new contract would replace the one held by Mission Support Alliance, which expires May 25, 2019. Mission Support Alliance employs about 1,900 people and holds a 10-year contract valued at about $3 billion.
The new contract would include security and emergency services, land management, information technology, management of the HAMMER training center, and infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, including for electric service, water and roads.
It also would include building infrastructure to support operation of the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also called the vitrification plant.
The contract would be expanded to include assistance to DOE in the solicitation and administration of small business contracts awarded by DOE. Current small business contracts include occupational health services and work at the Hanford 222-S Laboratory.
The contract covers DOE goals “to continue its strong focus on infrastructure to ensure its reliability and continuity during critical waste management and environmental cleanup efforts,” DOE said in an announcement.
“With this proposed contract, DOE plans to initiate and complete a number of infrastructure upgrades, support the critical start-up of the high level Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, and maintain the Hanford Site infrastructure to support the next 50 years of operations and cleanup,” DOE said.
DOE tentatively plans a conference, Hanford tours and one-on-one meetings with representatives of interested businesses in September.
The announcement that a draft request for bids will be released soon comes before DOE provides an overall contracting strategy for Hanford. It initially said the strategy would be available in January.
The strategy was expected to indicate how DOE planned to divide up work among new contracts that replace those expiring in the next few years. Expiring contracts also include the Hanford tank farm contract and the central Hanford environmental cleanup contract.