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For immediate release:
September 28, 2004

RDS, LLC Wins $41 Million Annual Contract at National Energy Technology Laboratory

Research and Development Solutions (RDS), LLC, a joint venture between EG&G Technical Services, Parsons, and Science Applications International Corporation announced today that they have been awarded the Research and Development Support Services contract at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

James J. Markowsky, PhD, newly appointed President of RDS, commented on the award. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead a very skilled and talented multi-Company and University team that will provide technical and management support to DOE's premier fossil energy research and development laboratory." Dr. Markowsky recently retired as Executive Vice President-Power Generation, after 29 years with the American Electric Power Service Corporation.

The award, valued annually at approximately $41 million, will employ 190 employees at NETL facilities in Pittsburgh, Pa., Morgantown, W.Va., Tulsa, Ok., and Fairbanks, Alaska. The contract consists of a three-year base period and one two-year option.

The RDS, LLC participating companies have over 25 years of experience at the NETL sites and are committed to provide highly capable, yet flexible, research and development (R&D) support to assist NETL in conducting its mission. The RDS, LLC team provides expertise in energy and environmental issues such as energy security, stable fuel supplies, and greenhouse gas emissions.

RDS, LLC will more specifically support the management and integration of all stages of science and technology development at NETL, which could lead to commercially viable solutions in the energy arena. Specific technical service areas to be performed include R&D technology planning and analysis; R&D project planning and analysis; R&D operations; process engineering design and analysis; computational research, simulation, and visualization; environmental, safety, and health assurance; and partnership development.

A key element of the RDS proposal to DOE is a University Consortium composed of principals Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University. This Consortium has also obtained support commitments from the University of Alaska, Auburn University, University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, the University of Tulsa, and Virginia Tech. The University Consortium will support RDS, LLC, to leverage federal research dollars with NETL in the areas of R&D, energy technology, energy security, and policy support. The Consortium also includes the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which contributes strong high-performance computing and networking capability to the RDS team.

NETL is a science, technology, and energy laboratory owned and operated by 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. NETL has a Fiscal Year 2004 budget of over $900 million, which is used for R&D programs in support of DOE's Offices of Fossil Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Energy Assurance, as well as work for other federal agencies. More than 1,100 employees work at NETL's four sites, and NETL contributes more than $150 million annually to the economies of these communities.


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