Southwest Research Institute wins $1 million NRC safety consultancy contract

19 August 2011

Southwest Research Institute of 6220 Culrbra Road, San Antonio, Texas 78238 has won a contract for technical assistance to support NRR/DRA with performing their regulatory function over the next 4.5 years. The support activities include, but are not limited to, the following: acceptance review of fire protection and AST LARs, Accident Progression and Source Term Analysis for Design Basis and Severe Accidents, Risk-Informed Technical Specification (TSs) LARs preparation of a safety evaluation report (SER), review of Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives (SAMAs) and Severe Accident Mitigation Design Alternatives (SAMDAs), licensee submittals on Severe Accident Management Guidelines (SAMG) and External Events (e.g., hazard from earthquakes, tsunami, floods, extreme winds, and tornado) and participation in site audits, support of Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) presentations, support of technical issues, preparation of technical reports, review of licensee PRA quality, developing and updating fire protection inspection producers and guidance, support fire protection regional inspections, fire protection training for both regional and resident inspectors, technical assistance in developing and implementing policies, processes, and guidance documents (SRPs, Regulatory Guides (RGs), and Generic Communications associated with NRR licensing and oversight program, support of pre-application activities, and support for potential litigation or hearings.

This was a non-competitive procurement under FAR 6.302-3 (Class Justification for Other than Full and Open Competition attached). A cost-plus-fixed-fee (CPFF) type contract was suitable in this instance due to uncertainity involved in contract performance that does not permit costs to be established with sufficient accuracy to use a fixed-price type contract.




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