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Title 43Subtitle BChapter IISubchapter CPart 3195 → Subject Group


Title 43: Public Lands: Interior
PART 3195—HELIUM CONTRACTS


Federal Helium Supplier Requirements

§3195.30   How do I apply to become a Federal helium supplier?

In order to become a Federal helium supplier,

(a) You must be a private helium merchant and demonstrate to BLM in writing that you have:

(1) Adequate financial resources to pay for BLM helium and helium related services;

(2) Adequate facilities and equipment to meet delivery schedules and quality standards required by Federal helium buyers; and

(3) A satisfactory record of performance in the distribution of helium or other compressed gases.

(b) You must fill out and execute BLM's In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract and submit it to BLM for approval.

§3195.31   What are the general terms of an In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract?

A BLM helium In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract requires you to:

(a) Deliver helium to a Federal agency specified helium use location;

(b) Purchase crude helium from BLM equivalent to the amount of refined helium you sold to Federal agencies;

(c) Report to BLM the amount of refined helium you sold to Federal agencies; and

(d) Maintain records for inspection and audit by BLM in accordance with 30 U.S.C. 17.13(b).

§3195.32   Where can I find a list of Federal agencies that use helium?

You must request from BLM in writing the list of Federal agencies that have purchased a major helium requirement during the past year.

§3195.33   What information must I report to BLM?

(a) In accordance with the In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract, within 45 days of the end of each quarter, you must report to BLM (see §3195.13) the following:

(1) The name of the Federal agency to which you supplied helium;

(2) The amount of helium you delivered and the date you delivered it; and

(3) The helium use location.

(b) In accordance with the In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract, by November 15 of each year, you must report to BLM (see §3195.13) the following:

(1) The name of the Federal agency to which you supplied helium; and

(2) The cumulative amount of helium delivered during the previous fiscal year for each Federal agency.

§3195.34   What happens to my Helium Distribution Contracts?

Helium Distribution Contracts between BLM and a helium distributor have been terminated. You must execute an In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract before you sell a major helium requirement to a Federal agency.

§3195.35   What happens if I have an outstanding obligation to purchase refined helium under a Helium Distribution Contract?

If you were obligated to buy refined helium under a Helium Distribution Contract, your In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract requires you to buy an equivalent amount of crude helium in lieu of that obligation.

§3195.36   What happens if there is a shortage of helium?

If there is a shortage of helium (either company specific or industry wide) which would cause you to defer helium shipments to a buyer, you must, in accordance with your In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract, give the United States priority over non-government requirements.

§3195.37   Under what circumstances can BLM terminate me as an authorized Federal helium supplier?

BLM has the authority to terminate you as an authorized Federal helium supplier for:

(a) Nonpayment for a like amount of crude helium;

(b) Not reporting helium deliveries according to your In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract and these regulations;

(c) Not taking delivery of a purchase of a like amount of crude helium not covered by a valid helium storage contract; or

(d) Any other breach of contract or violation of these regulations.

Group 3200—Geothermal Resources Leasing

Note: The collections of information contained in parts 3200, 3210, 3220, 3240, 3250, and 3260 of Group 3200 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. and assigned clearance numbers 1004-0034, 1004-0074, 1004.0132, and 1004-0160. The information will be used to maintain an orderly program for leasing, development, and production of Federal geothermal resources. Responses are required to obtain benefits in accordance with the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970, as amended.

Public reporting burden for this information is estimated to average 1.6 hours per response, including the time for reviewing insstructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Division of Information Resources Management, Bureau of Land Management, 1800 C Street, NW., Premier Building, Room 208, Washington DC 20240; and the Paperwork Reduction Project (1004-0160), Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503.

(See 54 FR 13885, Apr. 6, 1989 and 55 FR 26443, June 28, 1990)

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