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Purdue confirms bidding to run LANL with Bechtel

SANTA FE – Purdue University is confirming that it has bid on the operating contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of a partnership with Bechtel National.

The Lafayette, Ind., Journal & Courier on Thursday reported that Purdue President Mitch Daniels confirmed that Purdue is teaming with Bechtel on a bid. The Nuclear Security and Deterrence Monitor trade journal had previously reported the Purdue/Bechtel bid, but neither entity would confirm it.

The University of California, the University of Texas and Texas A&M previously have confirmed they’ve submitted proposals for the $2.2 billion annual contract. UC and Bechtel are part of the private consortium Los Alamos National Security LLC which has run LANL since 2006.

The federal government is not extending the LANS contract beyond September because LANS received inadequate performance reviews in recent years.