Pentagon shifts Iraqi fuel supply duties away from USACE

US Pentagon officials Dec. 23 directed the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) to begin overseeing fuel imports for the Iraqi civilian population.DESC said Dec. 31 it plans to solicit bids "as soon as possible," and suppliers will be given a "reasonable" time to prepare a bid, most likely 20-30 days.In a presolicitation notice, DESC said the contractor will manage receipt and accounting of fuel inventories, and coordinate the movement of fuel deliveries within Iraq. Contract performance will be Apr. 1 through June 30, with three 3-month options to renew."This procurement is unrestricted, and all responsible sources may submit an offer," DESC said.Fort Belvoir, Va.-based DESC historically...

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