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US Navy’s 2015-2016 solicitation for biofuel blends now posted

The US Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) has posted the Rocky Mountain/West Coast/Offshore (RMW) solicitation (SPE600-15-R-0711) on behalf of the US Navy for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. Vendors can submit bids with a minimum of 10% alternative fuel up to the maximum 50% allowed in the fuel specifications. The two approved pathways are FT (Fischer-Tropsch) and HEFA (Hydro-processed esters and fatty acids).

Estimated maximum quantities
Fuel Quantity
(US gallons)
Turbine Fuel, Aviation JP8 3,245,321
Turbine Fuel, Aviation JP5 80,201,490
Fuel Naval, Distillate F76 64,408,371
Turbine Fuel, Aviation JAA 301,074,804
Turbine Fuel, Aviation JP4 1,400,000
Turbine Fuel, Aviation JA1 30,996,689

Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds will be available to defray additional costs of producing biofuel. To be eligible for CCC funding, the fuel must contain at least 10% biofuel to a maximum as permitted by the JP-5 and F-76 specifications and be produced using domestic feedstocks approved by the USDA for CCC eligibility.

The revised F76 (MIL-DTL-16884N) and JP-5 (MIL-DTL-5624V) specifications allow a maximum of 50% volume of the finished fuel to consist of synthesized blend components derived from the Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acid (HEFA) or Fischer Tropsch (FT) conversion processes.

The Secretary of the Navy has set a goal that by 2020 half of all the Department of the Navy’s energy will come from alternative sources. To support that goal, in June 2011, the Department of the Navy (DON), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to “assist the development and support of a sustainable commercial biofuels industry.” Under the MOU, the USDA agreed to provide funding through the CCC. As part of the regular bulk procurement for the RMW Program, this solicitation is designed to assist the DON in meeting its goals to increase the use of biofuels.


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