Mission Support Alliance wins $3.06 billion Hanford decommissioning contract

12 May 2009

A consortium of Lockheed Martin Integrated Technology, Jacobs Engineering Group and Wackenhut Services has won the mission support contract (MSC) for DOE’s Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

The Mission Support Contract (MSC) is a cornerstone of the multi-contract structure at Hanford and provides services and infrastructure across the Hanford Site. The contract is a cost-plus-award-fee contract valued at approximately $3.059 billion over ten years (a five-year base period with options to extend it for another five years).

Pre-selected subcontractors include Abadan, Akima Facilities Management, Dade Moeller & Associates, HPM, Longenecker and Associates, Protection Strategies, R. J. Lee Group, Vivid Learning Systems, Westech International, TestAmerica, and Lampson International. This award follows a protest that was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 29, 2008, based on DOE’s notice of intent to take corrective action.

“The MSC is a critical element to enable the continuation of the Hanford cleanup and it is essential that we complete transition and get to work,” said Dave Brockman, Manager of the DOE Richland Operations Office. “This was a fair competition between very strong candidates and the re-evaluation further underscored the caliber of the proposals received. We hope to have similarly robust competition for future solicitations.”

The Hanford MSC will provide cost-effective infrastructure and site services integral and necessary to accomplish the Hanford Site environmental cleanup mission. The scope of the MSC contract includes five primary functions: Safety, Security and Environment; Site Infrastructure and Utilities; Site Business Management; Information Resources/Content Management; and Portfolio Management.

The MSC is the last of three new major prime contracts awarded for cleanup at the Hanford Site as part of the Department’s Central Plateau acquisition strategy, which calls for contracts covering tank farm operations and closure, waste and facility disposition on the Central Plateau, and mission support.

The $7.1 billion Tank Operations Contract was awarded to a Washington Group International-EnergySolutions consortium (with Areva as a prime subcontractor) in May 2008 serves the principal mission of Hanford’s Office of River Protection (ORP). The $4.5 million Plateau Remediation Contract was awarded in June 2008 to CH2M HILL (with Areva, East Tennessee Materials and Fluor as major subcontractors). It serves many of the principal cleanup missions of Hanford’s Richland (RL) Office.

The MSC includes mission support functions of the Project Hanford Management Contract scope of work, which expires on July 15, 2009. The transition period of the new contractor will begin in May 2009 and will be completed within 90 days. Under the new contract, the Mission Support Alliance, LLC will assume responsibility following transition.

The 586-square-mile Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State played a pivotal role in the nation’s defense for more than 40 years, beginning in the 1940s with the Manhattan Project. Formerly a plutonium production complex with nine nuclear reactors and associated processing facilities, Hanford is today engaged in the world’s largest environmental cleanup project.

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