NNSA Issues Short-Term Contract Extension to CNS

Source: DOE NNSA | Release | June 1, 2021

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced its intention to extend the current contract for the management and operation of the NNSA’s Pantex Plant (Pantex) in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on June 1. The extension will include a two-month base period with four, one-month option periods which may be exercised if needed.

On Nov. 9, 2020, NNSA posted the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the follow-on contract for the management and operation of Pantex and Y-12. NNSA received high-quality input in response to the RFP and has determined it is in the best interest of the Nation to issue a short-term extension to the current contract so NNSA can complete its evaluation and make a selection for this approximately $28 billion consolidated contract.

Pantex and Y-12 are currently managed under a consolidated contract by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), which is composed of Bechtel National Inc.; Leidos, Inc. (Leidos); ATK Launch Systems Inc.; and SOC LLC. The work executed at Y-12 and Pantex is vital to our national security.  During the extension period, CNS will continue to manage and operate Y-12 and Pantex.

The Y‑12 National Security Complex (Y-12) in Tennessee is a premier manufacturing facility dedicated to making our Nation and the world a safer place. Since it started operations in 1943, Y‑12 has evolved to become a complex the Nation looks to for protecting America’s future, including developing innovative solutions in manufacturing technologies, prototyping, safeguards and security, technical computing, and environmental stewardship.

The Pantex Plant located northeast of Amarillo, Texas, is the nation’s primary facility for the final assembly, dismantlement, and maintenance of nuclear weapons. All work at Pantex is carried out under three overarching priorities: the safety and health of workers and the public, the security of weapons and information, and the protection of the environment.

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