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The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC has been selected as the new management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
The NNSA said the move will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.
“Our nuclear production capabilities are critical to our national security, and this contract puts NNSA in a position to improve mission delivery by generating significant savings that will be reinvested to improve safety, security, quality, and infrastructure,” NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino was quoted in a press release. “This award will have a lasting impact on NNSA for years to come. It is the culmination of years of hard work focused on continuously improving the way we operate, saving taxpayer dollars, and aligning ourselves for the future.”
The NNSA said Consolidated Nuclear Security is comprised of Bechtel National Inc., Lockheed Martin Services Inc., ATK Launch Systems Inc., and SOC LLC.
“It looks like that’s a pretty good consortium of companies that came together to form that contract,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
The contract, according to the NNSA, also includes construction project management of the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12, and an unexercised option for Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C.
“We found a strong, experienced partner in CNS,” NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller was quoted in the release. “Their team, and the leadership and capabilities they bring with them, are an exciting addition to the NNSA family. Their focus on continuously improving while driving for cost efficiencies helps us plan for the future while ensuring that we’re delivering on our commitments to our partners.”
The NNSA said Consolidated Nuclear Security will take over its mission activities under the new contract on May 1. A four month transition period was set to begin immediately.
“I think DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) has recognized that sometimes they can have too many contractors working and managing their sites, and it’s in their best interest now to see if they can’t consolidate some of that,” Woody said. “I think it was a good move on their part to have one contractor doing the number of sites.”