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Navy Nuclear Water Chemical Suppliers

The U.S. Navy is conducting market research to identify small businesses interested in being considered for a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for competitively procured “Navy Nuclear Water Chemicals”.

U.S. naval nuclear propulsion plants use a pressurized-water reactor design that has two basic systems:  the primary system and the secondary system.  The primary system circulates ordinary water in an all-welded, closed loop consisting of the reactor vessel, piping, pumps, and steam generators.  The heat produced in the reactor core is transferred to the water, which is kept under pressure to prevent boiling.  The heated water passes through the steam generators where it gives up its energy.  The primary water is then pumped back to the reactor to be heated again.

Inside the steam generators, the heat from the primary system is transferred across a watertight boundary to the water in the secondary system, also a closed loop.  The secondary water (which is at relatively low pressure) boils, creating steam.  Isolation of the secondary system from the primary system prevents water in the two systems from intermixing, keeping radioactivity out of the secondary water.

The 47 Navy Nuclear Chemicals specified in the Request for Information (RFI) are needed to support the water systems. These chemicals are currently purchased via competitively issued call orders placed against the following four blanket purchase agreements.

It is in the best interest of the government to establish BPAs with multiple suppliers in order to provide maximum practicable competition. As such, the Naval Supply Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Nuclear Supply Chain Management Directorate is seeking capability statements from small businesses for this effort.

Based on historical data, the Directorate anticipates issuing approximately 70 call orders totaling approximately $1,000,000 during the upcoming year.

Further details are available here on The response deadline is Dec. 1, 2014.

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