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MicroBulk Liquid Nitrogen Delivery and Maintenance


National Eye Institute / National Institute of Health

Announcement/Number:  EE19-003877

Post Date: April 10, 2019

Closing Response Date: April 19, 2019

Proposed Award Date: April 22, 2019

Project Title: MicroBulk Liquid Nitrogen Delivery and Maintenance

Contracting Office: National Eye Institute, Building 31, Room 6A52

Contact Point/Contracting Officer/Contract Specialist: Elaine Estrella,

North American Classification System (NAICS) Code (include): 325120

Classification Code: Industrial Gas Manufacturing

Offerors must quote on all items to be eligible for award. The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforms to the solicitation.


1.  SCOPE: Contractor shall deliver liquid nitrogen (LN) refills to storage tanks as needed to maintain sufficient amount of LN for freezer function. Consumption is dependent upon ambient temperature, frequency of opening storage door, adding extracted new samples. The LN is refilled when the level drops below 30%. Contractor must be able to monitor level depending on the amount of liquid in a storage tank to ensure the level does not drop below 30% and order refills.

Below is the breakdown of the requirement:

Description of Requirement Frequency
240 Liter liquid nitrogen cylinder rental – Monthly – 4 LN2 Cylinders to be checked and filled twice per week

Once a month for 12 months x 4 Cylinders

Total Qty 48

Liquid Nitrogen – onsite delivery 40,000 liters


Period of Performance shall begin on 4/22/19 to 4/21/20 for a period of one year.


Contractor must be able to monitor LN consumption level and is a trained technician to know when to refill tank. Contractor must have access to enter NIH campus.

4.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Service shall be performed at the following location:

NEI Laboratory
10 Center Drive
Building 10, Room 10B11B
Bethesda, MD 20892 


Payment will be made 30 days after internal receiving in NIH system.

6.  AWARD TYPE       

Firm Fixed


Lowest Price Technically Acceptable and Past Performance


A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract acquisition based upon responses to the notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed. Information provided will be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. Any solicitation resulting from the analysis of information obtained will be announced to the public in Federal Business Opportunities in accordance with the FAR Part 5. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any nonproprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).

Closing Statement: This notice is not a request for competitive proposals.  However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice.  Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties’ bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM)

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed action based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement.

All responses must be received by April 19, 2019 and must reference number EE19-003877Responses may be submitted electronically to or hand delivered in person. Fax responses will not be accepted.


“All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency.”

Last updated: July 15, 2019