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DOE Selects Battelle Savannah River Alliance to Manage Savannah River National Laboratory

Dec 28, 2020 11:14AM ● By David Dykes
The Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BRSA) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to manage one of the country’s premier environmental, energy, and national security research facilities — the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) near Aiken.

Employing approximately 1,000 staff, SRNL conducts research and development for diverse federal agencies, providing solutions for the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, energy and manufacturing challenges.

As the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Environmental Management Laboratory, SRNL provides strategic scientific and technological support for the nation’s $6 billion per year waste clean-up program.

BSRA is led by and wholly owned by Battelle, one of DOE’s leading laboratory management contractors.

The BSRA includes five universities from the region — Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, South Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and University of South Carolina — as well as small business partners, Longenecker & Associates and TechSource.

The contract includes a five-year base with five one-year options. The estimated value of the contract is $3.8 billion over the course of 10 years if all options are exercised.

“We are honored by DOE’s decision to award the Savannah River National Laboratory management and operations contract to our team,” said Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer. “We have the lab management experience to make a difference and we’re committed to ensuring the success of this important national resource.”

“BSRA’s approach will ensure the delivery of high-impact science, technology and engineering solutions into the future through a significant expansion of SRNL’s core competencies," said Ron Townsend, Battelle’s executive vice president for global laboratory operations.

Battelle currently has a management role at seven DOE national labs including Pacific Northwest National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. It also operates the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for the Department of Homeland Security.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, go to