An unsuccessful bidding team led by The Babcock and Wilcox Company is protesting the recent federal decision to award a contract to Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
The National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Jan. 8 that the consolidated contract had been awarded to Consolidated Nuclear Security, or CNS. That team includes Bechtel National Inc. and Lockheed Martin Services Inc.
The B&W-led team is called Nuclear Production Partners LLC, or NP2.
In a Friday morning statement, NP2 said it was notified by NNSA on Jan. 8 that it was not awarded the contract. The team said it filed the protest with the Government Accountability Office in accordance with federal regulations.
The GAO must rule on the protest within 100 days of NP2’s filing, the statement said.
“In the interim, the incumbent B&W-led LLCs will continue to safely and securely manage the Pantex and Y-12 facilities under their current contracts,” the statement said.
B&W is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
Y-12 is now operated by B&W Y-12, a partnership of the Babcock & Wilcox Company and Bechtel Corporation. Pantex is managed and operated by Babcock and Wilcox Technical Service Pantex LLC, and Bechtel is also a partner at that plant.
CNS is scheduled to take over operations at the two sites on May 1.