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University of Chicago teams with BWXT for Argonne National Laboratory contract

The University of Chicago has announced that it has teamed with BWX Technologies Inc. (BWXT) to bid on the contract to manage and operate the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Under this teaming arrangement, BWXT will provide nuclear operations capabilities and resources in support of the University’s scientific and management missions. The University of Chicago has successfully operated Argonne National Laboratory since 1946. Going forward, the University will retain full management responsibility for the execution of the Argonne science program and look to BWXT to complement the University’s proven management capabilities.

BWXT is the industry leader in safe, secure and efficient conduct of nuclear facilities operations. In addition to its own commercial nuclear operations, BWXT provides management and operations support at nine DOE sites.

“BWXT shares our commitment to continuous improvement and brings a disciplined and rigorous approach to nuclear operations,” said Robert Rosner, director of Argonne National Laboratory. “Its experience and demonstrated record of performance with the Department of Energy will complement the safe and secure management of our nuclear facilities.”

The University named Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. as its principal industrial partner in the Argonne contract competition in November. The University’s current contract with the Department of Energy to operate Argonne ends on Sept. 30, 2006.

BWXT supplies nuclear operations services and products to the U.S. government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT manages complex, high-consequence nuclear and national security production facilities and is a principal supplier of nuclear components and advanced energy products. Among its diverse capabilities are decontamination and decommissioning, waste management, engineering, and project management services. BWXT has regional offices in Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Aiken, S.C.

Scientists at the University of Chicago work at the frontiers of virtually every field of science, from cosmological astrophysics to molecular genetics. Discoveries made by these scholars and their predecessors include carbon-14 dating and pioneering research on the jet stream; the mathematical foundations of genetic evolution and the study of black holes; establishment of the first blood bank and the nation’s first living-donor liver transplant.

The University has operated Argonne for the DOE since the laboratory was founded in 1946. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne was an outgrowth of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University, which in 1942 produced the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

Today, in addition to their work in basic research, Argonne researchers study problems in energy production and use, the environment, economic competitiveness and health. Argonne is home to a wide array of unique instruments and facilities, including the Advanced Photon Source, the most powerful source of X-rays in the Western Hemisphere.
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