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A -- Sources Sought Announcement - Development and Final Design of a Gas Turbine Modular Helium Reactor (GT-MHR) for Plutonium (Pu) Disposition in the Russian Federation (RF)

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THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY. THERE IS NO SOLICITATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. REQUESTS FOR A SOLICITATION WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. The Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), is requesting statements of capability and past performance information from sources that have the capability to provide Engineering Services for the Technology development and Final Design of a Gas Turbine Modular Helium Reactor (GT-MHR) for Plutonium (Pu) Disposition in the Russian Federation (RF) in support of the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Office of Fissile Materials Disposition, NA-26. The goal of the GT-MHR Plutonium Disposition project is to transfer the GT-MHR technology for its use in expanding the existing plutonium disposition capacity in the Russian Federation. Contract objectives include the completion the Technology Demonstration phase and initiation of the Final Design phase of a GT-MHR Pu disposition prototype reactor effort. The overall contract scope is to provide engineering and project management services to the NNSA and RF organizations. This will facilitate the initiation of the final design and development of a prototype GT-MHR that has the capability to disposition weapons-grade Pu into spent fuel. GT-MHR technology was developed by General Atomics (GA, San Diego, CA) with both GA private financing and support provided by the DOE/NNSA. Since 1994, General Atomics has supported and led an international collaborative effort to develop the conceptual and preliminary design of a GT-MHR Plutonium disposition reactor in the Russian Federation both with GA private financing, DOE/NNSA funding and the support of other DOE/NNSA Laboratories. To support the project, sources will be required to provide work in a number of distinct tasks and subtask areas to provide engineering services, coordination and review of work conducted by parties in the Russian Federation for the technology development and final design of a GT-MHR Plutonium disposition reactor. Task areas include, but are not limited to: (1) developing GT-MHR program management documentation and plans to facilitate the NNSA mission of dispositioning Russian Weapons Grade Pu using a GT-MHR designed and constructed in Russia; (2) Final Design Phase Activities including development and update of a final design plan and the development and update of a final design plan for the fuel fabrication facility and the implementation of the plans. (3) facilitating the transfer of commercial design technology and/or technology developed under U.S. participation in international joint ventures/agreements required for execution of the Technology Demonstration Phase of the GT-MHR program begun under DOE Contract DE-AC03-00SF21868; (4) provide project management services of GT-MHR work performed in Russian; (5) provide other direct support such as purchase of commercial equipment for shipment to Russia as required and obtaining specialized engineering expertise, if required, to perform specific developmental activities or engineering analyses; (6) provide a Quality Assurance Plan that describes how quality assurance will be addressed in all aspects of this work and review process; (7) Arrange and coordinate travel for the Russians in connection with official travel outside of the RF. Interested small businesses sources are requested to submit two (2) capability statements in hard copy to the DOE/NNSA, Office of Business Services, Acquisition Department, ATTN: Ms. Catherine L. Waters, Pennsylvania & H Streets, KAFB East, Albuquerque, NM 87116, and an electronic copy (not password protected) to cwaters@doeal.gov within 15 calendar days of this announcement, substantiating each area described in (1) through (8) above. Sources should have in-depth experience and expertise in: (1) Gas Reactor design, development and operation; (2) design and production of coated fuel particles; (3) design of the GT-MHR Pu disposition reactor; (4) developing and coordinating international collaborations for R&D work with the Russian Federa tion and other international partners or agencies; and (5) project management of nuclear reactor development and design programs. All capability statements shall utilize DE-SS52-06NA27328 in their response. Responses received, which do not address all annotated areas above, will be rejected. In addition to the information requested above, a letter of interest should include and address the following: (1) annual revenue for entire business, (2) total number of employees, (3) ownership, year firm established, (4) names of two principals to contact, including title and telephone numbers, and (5) include previous experience. Please include pertinent information for on-going contracts or contracts completed within the last five years for this type of work. Pertinent information should include: (1) name of contracting activity, (2) contract type, (3) period of performance, and (4) Contracting Officer's name and current telephone number. Capability statements shall be limited to 20 pages, not-to-exceed two pages per area, single-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, and shall exclude resumes. Resumes reflecting name, professional qualifications and specific experience of personnel assigned as project managers or principal investigators, may be included if this information is deemed critical to an sources submittal. All information submitted should be UNCLASSIFIED; no classified information will be accepted. Potential sources responding to this sources sought announcement must indicate whether they qualify as a small business under NAICS Code 541710 with a size standard of 500. Any costs incurred as a result of this announcement shall be borne by the source and will not be charged to the Government for reimbursement. If your interest is in subcontracting possibilities, please indicate this clearly in your submission. All respondents desiring a copy of any future solicitations must provide a point of contact, complete mailing address, telephone/fax number, and e-mail address. An Ombudsman has been appointed to mediate concerns from sources or potential sources during this phase. The Ombudsman for this effort is Mr. Stephen Law, NNSA Contracting Activity, 202-586-4321. The Ombudsman will not participate in Statement of Capability evaluations. The Ombudsman will work with responsible acquisition officials to address source concerns, but will not detract from the authorities of the Project Manager or Contracting Officer. Before contacting Mr. Law, sources are requested to refer contracting concerns to the Contract Specialist, Ms. Catherine L. Waters, at 505-845-4831, cwaters@doeal.gov.
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