The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on behalf of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is requesting quotations in support of an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Methodology Study.
The goal of the study is to investigate, verify, and recommend methodologies to identify UXO and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) specific to conditions found in renewable energy lease and planning areas along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The study will also work to identify regional expectations of type, size, and likelihood of presence for UXO and MEC along the Atlantic OCS.
BOEM’s renewable energy regulations require a lessee to identify man-made hazards, such as unexploded ordinance (UXO) or munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). Areas of the seabed that will be disturbed during installation should be cleared of UXO and MEC prior to installation actives for both human safety and environmental protection.
In-situ UXO and MEC identification methodologies are not well established components of offshore renewable energy development in the United States. The purpose of this investigation is to provide guidance to renewable energy developers and BOEM on identification and site clearance methodologies specific to UXO and MEC as required in a Construction and Operations Plan (COP).
The anticipated size and type of UXO and MEC has a large impact on equipment choice and survey methodologies, therefore, understanding the anticipated UXO and MEC that could be encountered is another key element of this study.
The period of performance of the resultant contract is anticipated to be 19 months. The estimated cost of this study is between $350,000 and $430,000.
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: M15PS00039. The response deadline is June 19, 2015.