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Updated: October 21st, 2008 11:15 AM

INL contractor to stay until 2014

DOE decides to retain Ohio-based firm after performance review

By :GREGORY FOLEY

The U.S. Department of Energy has decided to retain the contractor charged with running the Idaho National Laboratory nuclear and research complex near Arco.

INL officials announced Monday that the DOE has determined it will allow Battelle Energy Alliance to complete the duration of its 10-year contract to run the federally owned complex through September 2014.

The decision was made pursuant to a special assessment mandated by Battelle's 2004 contract. A clause in the contract required the DOE to review the contractor's performance by Sept. 30 and then decide whether to reduce the term of the contract.

"The department takes this evaluation very seriously and a lot of work went into evaluating the lab performance of the past three years," said Beth Sellers, manager of DOE's Idaho Operations Office.

A special assessment summary report commended BEA in several areas, including support of nuclear research and energy programs, environment, health and safety, and campus development.

Battelle Energy Alliance, based in Columbus, Ohio, is led by Battelle and consists of several team members, including BWX Technologies Inc., Washington Group International, the Electric Power Research Institute, and an alliance of university collaborators.

The 10-year management and operations contract has been valued at approximately $4.8 billion, employing about 3,000 people.

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