U.S. seeks engineering to overhaul 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks applications from firms to serve as architect-engineer for modernization of the 314-MW John W. Keys III Pump-Generating plant in Washington. Responses are due May 5.

The John W. Keys III plant, formerly the Grand Coulee Dam Pump-Generating plant, was renamed for the Bureau of Reclamation commissioner killed in a plane crash in 2008. It is part of the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project on the Columbia River.

The plant features 12 pumps that lift irrigation water from the Columbia River to a canal feeding Banks Lake, the reservoir in Grand Coulee. Six of the units can be reversed to generate electricity when demand exists.

Reclamation plans to qualify firms for negotiation of an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract for one year with four one-year option periods with a total value not to exceed $25 million.

Keys modernization is to include improving availability and reliability of pump and pump-generating units to support integrating variable renewable generation in the electricity system. Work includes modernization of unit circuit breakers, phase reversal switches, exciters, pump-generating governors, unit controls, and unit protection.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R11PS10031 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box. Reclamation plans a pre-proposal conference about April 19. Information on the conference is to be available on its Internet site at www.usbr.gov/pn/contracts/index.html.

Bidders are required to submit Standard Form 330 packages by 4 p.m., Mountain time, May 5 to the address below. Forms may be obtained on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP/category/22457/hostUri/portal.

For information, contact Joseph Pratt, Contracting Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Regional Office, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706; (1) 208-378-5139; E-mail: jpratt@usbr.gov.

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