B&W’s protest: new issues, continuation of old concerns

Babcock & Wilcox, the leader of the Nuclear Production Partners bidding team, said Wednesday night that its third protest on the Y-12/Pantex contract award is a continuation of previous concerns as well as new issues on the procurement process.

The protest was filed with the Government Accountability Office and apparently will again freeze the National Nuclear Security Administration’s plan to install Consolidated Nuclear Security — a  Bechtel-led partnership that was awarded the $22 billion contract in January and reaffirmed recently — as the new manager of the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants.

In a statement released Wednesday night, B&W said the protest “encompasses concerns” that were identified in Nuclear Production Partners’ June protest of the NNSA’s revised request for propsoals on the combined management contract. The company said the latest protest also reflects information obtained during the debriefing session with NNSA on Friday, Nov. 15.

George Dudich, president of B&W Technical Services Group Inc., said in a statement: “The protest filed today results from a continuation of concerns from our previous protests and new issues identified in the evaluation of our Final Proposal Revision. Our team values our relationships with NNSA and the overall mission of the Nuclear Security Enterprise, but we believe this protest has merit and reflects new issues regarding the limited corrective actions that failed to resolve issues previously raised.”

Babcock & Wilcox, a leadership partner in the team that currently manages Y-12 and Pantex under separate contracts, said conducting those management activities safely and securely remains a key focus.

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