team headed by Bechtel and Lockheed Martin has been selected to manage
two of the nation's key nuclear weapons facilities -- Y-12 in Oak Ridge
and Pantex near Amarillo, Texas, according to multiple sources familiar
with the pending announcement.
The new contractor will be called Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC.
National Nuclear Security Administration, a part of the U.S. Department
of Energy, is expected to make the official announcement today and tout
the potential savings to the government by consolidating management of
the two production plants, even though they are in different states and
1,000 miles apart.
The team selected for the job has a ton of
experience in the DOE contracting world, and both Bechtel and Lockheed
Martin have deep roots in Oak Ridge. ATK, a defense and aerospace
company with headquarters in Virginia, is also part of the winning team.
currently shares the management role at Y-12 in a partnership with
Babcock & Wilcox, B&W Y-12 LLC, which has held the Oak Ridge
contract since 2000. Bechtel also has been involved in the partnership
that manages Pantex, where nuclear warheads undergo their final assembly
and their initial disassembly after being retired from the arsenal.
Lockheed Martin (or its predecessor Martin Marietta) managed Y-12 for 16 years, 1984-2000.
announcement culminates years of study and a procurement process that
took about two years. Competing teams reportedly spent millions of
dollars to prepare their proposals -- and update them on multiple
occasions to meet changing requirements -- for managing national
security facilities that form the production base for the nation's
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