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Goldbelt Eagle, LLC assumed the role of prime contractor for the Site Operation Services (SOS) Contract at the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). This contract is a follow-on to an expansion of the previous, successful SOS contract that was performed by a joint venture of Goldbelt Eagle and EG&G Technical Services. The 5 year, $94 million contract provides engineering, preventive and reactive maintenance, warehousing, property management, motor pool, shuttle, and environmental, safety and health (ES&H) support. It covers NETL’s three main sites at Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; and Albany, Oregon with some additional environmental mitigation tasks in Rock Springs, WY. The new contract will employ approximately 150, almost 50% more than the prior contract, due to the addition of the Albany site and assumption of the ES&H responsibilities.
NETL is a science, technology, and energy laboratory owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of DOE’s national laboratory system, NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
The history of NETL dates back to 1910 when the Pittsburgh Experiment Station opened as part of the newly created Bureau of Mines. The station developed innovative coal-mining safety equipment and practices and offered advanced training for coal operators and miners in its experimental coal mine. By the 1940s, the organizations that make up today’s laboratory were devising processes to produce synthesis gas from coal, studying the thermodynamics of petroleum compounds, and developing synthetic liquid fuels. In the 1970s, the organizations began managing contracted research.
Today, NETL has five sites (Albany, OR; Fairbanks, AK with Arctic Energy Office satellite in Anchorage, AK; Morgantown, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; and Houston, TX), which share the same organizational structure and the same mission: to implement a research, development, and demonstration program to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources.
NETL is the only DOE national lab dedicated to fossil energy. Fossil fuels provide 85 percent of the U.S. energy supply. These fuels are a key ingredient for domestic economic growth and competitiveness. Because of the degree to which fossil fuels affect the lives of every American, the Federal Government has an important role in funding and conducting energy research to pursue benefits that market forces cannot deliver.
The National Energy Policy (NEP), published in May 2001, underscores the importance of energy and the need for continued attention to the energy challenges facing the United States. The NEP states, “America’s energy challenge begins with our expanding economy, growing population, and rising standard of living. Our prosperity and way of life are sustained by energy use.” The NEP describes the principal energy challenges facing the Nation as “… promoting energy conservation, repairing and modernizing our energy infrastructure, and increasing our energy supplies in ways that protect and improve the environment. Meeting each of these challenges is critical to expanding our economy, meeting the needs of a growing population, and raising the American standard of living.” NETL is committed to making a significant contribution to successfully meeting these challenges.
NETL, formerly the Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC), was established in 1996 through a consolidation of Energy Technology Centers at Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA. In December 1999, FETC was designated as a National Laboratory – the National Energy Technology Laboratory. In October 2000, the National Petroleum Technology Office (NPTO), in Tulsa, OK, was assimilated into NETL; and in 2001, NETL opened an office in Fairbanks, AK. In 2006, the Albany Research Center, located in Albany, OR, was realigned by DOE and incorporated under NETL management.
NETL’s Morgantown and Pittsburgh facilities, which are 65 miles apart, have a total of 78 permanent or temporary buildings and approximately 811,000 square feet of building area situated on nearly 200 acres of land. The Houston and Fairbanks sites are comprised of leased office space. NETL’s newest facility, NETL-Albany located in Albany, OR, has 38 buildings (~233, 000 square feet) on 44 acres of a former college campus. Together, these sites house 16 major research facilities.
DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy is NETL’s Lead Program Secretarial Officer. NETL research and development (R&D) activities are conducted on- and off-site through partnerships, cooperative research, and development agreements (CRADAs), financial assistance, and contractual arrangements.
NETL is the only national laboratory within the DOE complex that is government-owned and operated (GOGO). NETL’s federal employees consist of staff researchers, technology managers, project managers, and higher-level administrative positions. NETL has the authority of a DOE operations office, integrated with the implementing functions typically conducted by management and operating (M&O) contractors.
More than 1,200 employees work at NETL’s five sites; roughly half are Federal employees and half are site support contractors. Major site support contractors include KeyLogic Systems Inc.; URS Corporation (URS Washington Division); Goldbelt Eagle, LLC; Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; Leonardo Technologies, Inc.; and Performance Results Corp.
Information extracted from the NETL website, http://www.netl.doe.gov