Types of Contracts.
There are many different types of contracts. Each type is designed to meet the specific and reoccurring needs of
the government. Some of the types of contracts are:
a. PC&S Contracts. These contracts cover fuel for ground operations such as diesel, gasoline, heating
oil, and related fuel products. DESC awards PC&S contracts on a regional basis by dividing the contiguous
United States into eight separate geographic areas with a ninth region for Alaska. Once the contract is in place,
the post, camp, or station orders the product directly from the supplier. DESC also solicits fuel for the Federal
Services Administration Fuel Yard for deliveries to the White House and federal civilian agencies in the
Washington, D.C. area and private citizens. Under PC&S contracts there are three smaller purchase programs for
Antarctica, Alaska, and Greenland that support military bases, federal civilian agencies, and private citizens.
(1) ODF -- The National Science Foundation Research Project in Antarctica. The contract for ODF
is awarded by November with a one-month delivery period in December.
(2) Northeast Greenland Program. Awarded by June 1 for a delivery window from July 1 through
August 31. This program supplies jet fuel, diesel fuel, and gasoline to Thule Air Base in Greenland.
(3) Operation Cool Barge. This program provides military activities and other federal agencies in
remote areas of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands Chain with jet fuel, gasoline, and diesel fuel.
b. Bunkers Contracts. These contracts direct delivery of ships' bunkers fuels (fuel for the ships engines
and not for delivery to other ships) at 112 U.S. and 42 overseas locations. Delivery of the product is specified
free-on-board destination to the ship by either pipeline, barge tank, or truck. Agreements are usually multiyear
c. Into-Plane Contracts. These contracts are awarded to supply fuel and refueling service to customers
at over 300 commercial airports worldwide where military bases with refueling capabilities are not readily
available. Any unit requiring more than 15,000 gallons of product to support military and government agencies at
commercial locations can take part in this program. Contracts are multiyear agreements. One fourth of the
contracts are awarded during a two-year cycle beginning either April 1 or October 1.
d. Alongside Aircraft Refueling Contracts. These provide the necessary labor and equipment to refuel
aircraft of all types, including helicopters, at about 30 Navy, Army, and Marine Corps installations using
government-owned fuel. At some locations the contractor may also operate the tank farm. The military services
fund these contracts which are usually awarded for one year. DESC is now soliciting multiyear contracts as well.