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Department of Energy extends Batelle contract

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Department of Energy extends Batelle contract. The Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories will be working over the next few months to come to a finalized agreement over their new five year contract.

The D.O.E decided not to involve other companies in their bidding process. A decision both P.N.N.L. and Department of Energy are looking forward to.

Site Manager Julie Erickson says 'the factors that go into why we continue to use the same contractor are primarily based on performance. Battelle has done a very good job of operating this laboratory." P.N.N.L. Spokesman Greg Koller says "for us this is fantastic news. We have been wondering for some time if it might be extended or might be a re-compete."

Koller says the bidding process in previous years was done to create a more competitive edge against companies looking for work, and the bidding process can be costly. Koller says "it takes a tremendous amount of resources both financial but also individual resources that would be pulled away from the lab."

The decision to extend the Battelle contract saves money and time. The finalized contract is expected to be finished in six to eight months.