NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 23, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a subcontract by Washington Savannah River Company for work for the Defense Waste Processing Facility, located at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, S.C.

Newport News Industrial (NNI), a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman's Shipbuilding sector, located in Newport News, Va., is the prime contractor for the work, which is valued at approximately $9.5 million.

"We are very pleased with this award and NNI's further expansion into the DOE market," said Doug Stitzel, director of Department of Energy Programs for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and president of Newport News Industrial. "This is a complex fabrication project requiring stringent quality controls that is an ideal fit with NNI's capabilities."

The two-and-a-half year project will include the fabrication, assembly, piping, wiring, and testing of a water-cooled, stainless steel pressure vessel called a melter. The melter is used to convert liquid nuclear waste into a solid glass form suitable for long-term storage and disposal. The liquid waste being converted by the melter is generated as a by-product of the processing of nuclear materials for national defense, research and medical programs.

SRS is owned by DOE. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by a team of contractors led by WSRC, a subsidiary of URS Washington Division.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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