Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- U.S. space agency officials say they've selected five companies to provide liquid and gaseous helium for 17 NASA locations across the United States.
The new five-year, fixed-price contract, valued at about $56.6 million, is for the acquisition of approximately 3.3 million gallons of liquid helium and 235.7 million standard cubic feet of gaseous helium beginning Oct.1.
The awardees and the amount awarded of the base contract, plus options, are:
-- Air Products and Chemicals Inc. of Allentown, Pa.: $18.7 million.
-- Linde LLC of Murray Hill, N.J.: $80,000.
-- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., of Basking Ridge, N.J.: $3.8 million.
-- Praxair Distribution Inc. of Austin, Texas: $553,000.