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[FR Doc No: 94-6215]

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[Federal Register: March 16, 1994]




Call for Expressions of Interest for the On-Site Utilization of 
Major Assets Developed for the Superconducting Super Collider

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy.

ACTION: Call for expressions of interest.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Texas National 
Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) request from interested parties 
the submission of Expressions of Interest for the utilization of major 
assets and facilities developed by the DOE and TNRLC as part of the 
Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. This project was recently 
terminated by the U.S. Congress.
    The SSC was to have been an accelerator complex and laboratory for 
basic research, providing access to particle collision energies 20 
times greater than available at existing facilities. The project was 
under construction in Ellis County, Texas, about 30 miles south of 
    Existing facilities and equipment include: (1) The N15 site which 
houses extensive cryogenic facilities and superconducting magnet 
tooling and test equipment in the Magnet Development Laboratory, the 
Magnet Test Laboratory, and the Accelerator System String Test; (2) the 
Central Facility, a 550,000 sq. ft. building including 200,000 sq. ft. 
of office/training space; 160,000 sq. ft. of shop/lab space, serviced 
with low conductivity water and compressed air systems, and some crane 
coverage; a well-equipped machine shop; a 550 watt liquid helium 
refrigerator (in partially assembled condition); and warehouse space; 
(3) buildings for the linear accelerator (linac) as well as its 
negative hydrogen ion source and 2.5-MeV radiofrequency quadrupole (the 
higher energy sections are not complete); (4) nearly 15 miles of 
unfinished tunnel, 14 feet in diameter, at a depth of typically 150 
feet, connected to the surface by several vertical shafts; and (5) an 
integrated network of distributed workstations.

DATES AND ADDRESSES: One easily reproducible master and five copies of 
each Expression of Interest (on 8\1/2\ by 11 inch paper) should be 
received by Dr. Robert E. Diebold, GTN, ER-912, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Washington, DC 20585, no later than 5 p.m. local time, April 
15, 1994. For hand delivery, the address is 19901 Germantown Road, 
Germantown, MD 20874.
    A meeting of interested parties will be held at 9 a.m. on March 22, 
1994, in the auditorium of the Central Facility (just north of 
Waxahachie). Following brief presentations of the facilities, questions 
will be taken and tours of the facilities will be provided. Please 
contact Dr. Haas, not later than March 18, 1994, for a reservation to 
attend this meeting.

Office, 2550 Beckleymeade, Mail Stop 1020, Dallas, TX 75237. Telephone 
(214) 708-2414.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) 
is an important part of the process of determining the best way to 
maximize the value of the investment made in the project and minimize 
the loss to the United States, Texas, and individuals. For this step in 
the process, only the on-site use of major systems and facilities will 
be considered.
    The EOIs should be concise, covering the following topics:

I. Summary

    A one-page summary suitable for incorporation into a booklet of 
summaries. It should have sufficient information to stand alone and 
should include a descriptive title, a point of contact, a list of the 
authors/institutions expressing interest, and brief summaries of the 
following topics.

II. Motivation

    Benefits to be expected from the suggested use of the facilities, a 
comparison with the capabilities of other similar facilities, and 
reasons why the suggested facility might be considered the best 
utilization of the assets.

III. Description

    A brief, but complete description of the facility or use being 
suggested. It should explicitly describe the existing facilities to be 
used (as-is and/or modified) and identify any additional facilities 
that would be required.

IV. Cost and Schedule

    Tables and a brief discussion justifying the estimated costs and 
schedules required to bring the suggested facility into operation. Give 
costs in present-day (FY 1994) dollars and include an amount for 
contingency, as appropriate.

V. Annual Costs

    List and discuss the expected annual costs required for operation 
of the suggested facility.

VI. Funding/Business Plan

    Present a plan to meet the costs identified in IV and V above. This 
plan should identify the specific funding sources expected and the 
amount expected from each source. Note that there are no federal funds 
appropriated for the construction or operation of any facility at the 
SSC site.
    While limited technical consultations may be available from SSC 
Laboratory staff to assist in the development of the Expressions of 
Interest, the Department of Energy will not reimburse any costs 
associated with the preparation or submission of an Expression of 
Interest in response to this call.
    The EOIs will be evaluated by expert teams assembled by the DOE, 
other federal agencies as appropriate, and TNRLC. The EOIs will be 
evaluated on: The merit of the suggested use; match of the assets to 
the purpose advocated; and credibility of viable funding and other 
required resources.
    Once the EOIs are evaluated and the range of potentially viable 
best uses of the assets are identified, DOE expects to issue a notice 
of availability for grant applications, to those parties having 
submitted an EOI by the above deadline, for project definition studies 
with detailed analysis of the benefits and costs for the use of 
specific facilities.
    This call for Expressions of Interest is not a commitment by the 
Government in any way to make available such assets or facilities.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 11, 1994.
Martha A. Krebs,
Director, Office of Energy Research.
[FR Doc. 94-6215 Filed 3-15-94; 8:45 am]