NNSA picks new firm to run Y-12, says it saves billions

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) says the firm picked to run the Y-12 National Security Complex and another facility in Texas will save it billions of dollars and help it shape the future of nuclear security in America.

The NNSA announced the selection of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) to manage and operate the Oak Ridge complex as well as its Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday. The company will also be responsible for managing the construction of a Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.

“We found a strong, experienced partner in CNS,” added NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller. “Their team, and the leadership and capabilities they bring with them, are an exciting addition to the NNSA family."

The selection of CNS, a joint venture between Bechtel National, Inc; Lockheed Martin Services, Inc; ATK Launch Systems, Inc, is expected to save taxpayers $3.27 billion, the NNSA said.

"Their focus on continuously improving while driving for cost efficiencies helps us plan for the future while ensuring that we’re delivering on our commitments to our partners,” continued Miller.

CNS is expected to take over in May, having contracted SOC, LLC to handle the four-month transition process. The contract will last at least five years and contains an option to extend it another five years.

As far as the forthcoming Uranium Processing Facility, while CNS will be responsible for designing and overseeing construction, the NNSA has not determined who will build it.