Helium-3 Auction in Summer 2013

Bidding is Now Closed for this Auction. Additional Submittals Will Not be Considered.

General Information

The U.S. Department of Energy (Department) participates in government-wide assessments of Helium-3 required for federal missions. Because numerous important activities requiring Helium-3 are outside of the federal mission, the Department has identified 4,000 liters of purified Helium-3 gas for competitive sale. The Department wishes to sell the Helium-3 to multiple Bidders who submit high bids in a competitive process. Bidders may submit bids on amounts up to the 4,000-liter maximum available. Each bid shall designate only one lot of gas. Each lot shall be designated in 25-liter multiples up to 100 liters, or in 100-liter multiples for lots larger than 100 liters. Each accepted bid will be considered up to a 400-liter initial award. If any Helium-3 remains after all initial awards are completed, then remaining gas will be awarded to highest bids larger than 400 liters, if any.

Stakeholders whose Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Helium-3 needs will be met by the federal allocation process, or who submitted requests for Helium-3 gas through a U.S. federal agency in anticipation of participating in the FY 2014 federal allocation process, should not participate in this auction.


August 9, 2013
DOE's Invitation for Bids (IFB) for the purchase of He-3 gas is scheduled to be posted for viewing and downloading from this web page.

August 23, 2013 (5:00 PM EDT)   Questions are No Longer Being Accepted for this Solicitation.
Last time for questions regarding the Auction. All questions must be submitted to He3auction@science.doe.gov by this deadline.

August 28, 2013 (5:00 PM EDT)
DOE will respond to all submitted questions, and post the answers on this web page. The identity of the stakeholder posing the question will be kept anonymous and will not be posted on the website.

September 17, 2013 (5:00 PM EDT)  Bidding is Now Closed for this Auction. Additional Submittals Will Not be Considered.
All valid bids to purchase Helium-3 gas must be received by the U.S. Department of Energy no later than 5 PM, local prevailing time (Washington, DC). All valid bids to purchase Helium-3 gas must be submitted as a cover letter and completed order form (below) and sent electronically by email to He3auction@science.doe.gov. A confirmation of receipt will be sent electronically the next business day. Bids will not be accepted via U.S. Postal Service mail.

More Information

He-3 Auction Bid Solicitation Notice and Bid Submittal Provisions

Feb Biz Opps Announcement: "Invitation for Bids to Purchase Helium-3 Gas"

He-3 Auction Overview from US DOE Isotope Program

He-3 Order Form (MS Word)

He-3 Order Form (PDF)

Questions on He-3 Auction

Answers to all submitted questions on the He-3 Auction Invitation for Bids will be posted here. The deadline for submitting questions is 5:00 pm EDT, August 23, 2013; all answers will be posted by 5:00 pm EDT, August 28, 2013.

Questions and Answers

Q1. What are some examples of lot sizes that comply with the provisions of the Helium-3 Auction Solicitation?
A1. Smaller bids that comply with the Solicitation would include bids that designate a lot of 25, 50, 75, or 100 liters. Larger bids that comply with the Solicitation would include lots sizes of 200, 400 or 4,000 liters. Noncompliant lot-size examples include 20, 85, 125, and 650 liters.

Q2. May bids be submitted designating multiple lots?
A2. No. Each bid may designate only one single lot and one bid price. However, a Bidder may submit multiple bids.