SAIC's Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, R.W. Beck, to Provide Independent Engineering Services to Support Department of Energy's Office of the Biomass Program

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Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, R.W. Beck, has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Golden Field Office to support The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Biomass Program. The BPA’s period of performance expires Sep. 30, 2015 and has a ceiling value of $21 million.

The Biomass Program works with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies. Through research, development, and demonstration efforts geared toward the commercialization of integrated biorefineries, the Biomass Program is helping transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.

As part of the program, the DOE recently announced that it will partially fund via grants the design, construction, and operation of 18 integrated ethanol biorefinery pilot and demonstration projects, helping promote the development and commercialization of cellulosic and algae derived biofuel and biochemical production in the United States. Under the BPA, R.W. Beck will serve as DOE’s independent engineer on these projects, providing services including assistance in program management, technical and financial due diligence, construction and operations monitoring, and Recovery Act compliance.

“We have extensive experience providing renewable technologies support services and design-build projects to government and commercial customers, and we understand the complexities associated with ethanol biofuels and biochemicals technologies and their deployment in the market place,” said J.T. Grumski, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

Source: SAIC

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