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NASA Awards Liquid Nitrogen, Liquid Oxygen Contracts

May 29, 2009

NASA has selected three companies to provide liquid nitrogen, or LN2, and liquid oxygen, or LOX, to six agency facilities supporting activities for the Space Operations Mission Directorate and Exploration System Mission Directorate.

Linde LLC of Murray Hill, N.J., has been awarded a new fixed-price contract to supply approximately 256,500 tons of LN2 and approximately 173,000 tons of LOX to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans during a five-year period of performance. The three-year base period contract with two one-year options has a maximum value of about $28.8 million. The contract begins July 1, 2009.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. of Allentown, Pa. has been awarded a new fixed-price contract to supply approximately 197,250 tons of LN2 and approximately 26,000 tons of LOX to support NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., during a five-year period of performance. The three-year base period contract with two one-year options has a maximum value of about $14.2 million. The contract begins July 1, 2009.

Under these contracts, the LN2 will be used for pneumatic actuation, purging, cooling and pressurization of equipment. The LOX will be used as an oxidizer in cryogenic rocket engines.

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP of Houston has been awarded a new fixed-price contract to supply approximately 90,000 tons of LN2 and approximately 1,300 tons of LOX to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during a five-year period of performance. The three-year base period contract with two one-year options has a maximum value of about $6.1 million. The contract begins July 1, 2009.

Under this contract, the LN2 will be used for pneumatic actuation, purging, cooling and pressurization of equipment. The LOX will be used as a breathing agent for astronauts.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for releasing the LN2 and LOX solicitation, known as the NASA Acquisition of Nitrogen and Oxygen, on behalf of the agency.

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