Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Details Emerge on ICP Core Contract Timeline

The Department of Energy released today a timeline for the “ICP Core” cleanup contract, set to last from the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year to the end of the 2020 fiscal year.

Details on the timeline can be found here.

As mentioned earlier, the Core contract includes waste remediation at not only INTEC and RWMC but also AMWTP. From the timeline: 

The ICP-Core post FY15 EM mission work encompasses ongoing Advanced Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) and ICP work scopes that must continue into the future: stabilizing and dispositioning spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste; dispositioning transuranic waste; retrieving target buried waste; closing the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) tank farm; maintaining Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial actions; and operating and maintaining the INTEC and the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) facility infrastructure. 

Additionally, the contract timeline ensures “100% full and open competition” – not really a surprise considering if DOE wanted CWI to continue the work they could have extended the contract again as they did two years ago.

More details will be provided at the Core procurement website. 

Competition is likely to be fierce, as there’s a lot of money involved. DOE’s acquisition forecast on the Core project alone anticipates at least $1 billion worth of work to be completed. (The other three DOE-ID contracts are estimated to be worth (for one) between $25-$50 million and for two others at $50 million to $1 billion. Not chump change. 

CWI, of course, would be foolish not to bid. They’ll bank on their current record of completing work at RWMC and INTEC on time and under budget as serious selling points to the Feds. Cooperative work between CWI and AMWTP on sludge repackaging may also play a role. No surprises there, of course.

UPDATE: CWI may technically not be around in its current form to bid on the next contract. Found this today:

While both parent companies, CH2M Hill and URS (currently being acquired by AECOM) may pursue future work in support of Idaho Cleanup activities beyond 2015, CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC (CWI) was originally comprised by its parent companies exclusively for a specific scope of work; teaming decisions have not yet been determined for future contracts. DOE recently announced its acquisition strategy which will merge ICP and AMWTP work scopes together, yet establish four separate contracts. Considering this strategy, along with the acquisition of URS, it is unlikely CWI would maintain its current form.

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