U.S. invites interest in drum gate rehab at 6,809-MW Grand Coulee

GRAND COULEE, Wash., U.S. 4/18/12 (PennWell) -- The Bureau of Reclamation invites expressions of interest and experience for a plan to blast, clean, prepare surface, and recoat 11 drum gates and pier plates at the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project. Responses are due May 7.

Reclamation extended registration through April 20 for a previously announced April 23 site visit. It took bids April 11 to replace switchyard relays and install a communication system for the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee on the Columbia River in Washington.

The agency said it expects to issue a solicitation about July 1 to small businesses to blast, clean, prepare approved surface profiles, and use approved coatings on corroded interior areas and all exterior areas of 11 135-foot by 28-foot drum gates and pier plates. The schedule might require two to three gates to be worked on per year from March to June for a maximum of five years beginning in 2013.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R12PS10035 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box. Those planning to attend the April 23 site visit must register by 9 a.m., Pacific time, April 20 by contacting Jan Schrader, civil engineer, (1) 509-633-9584; E-mail: jschrader@usbr.gov.

Expressions of interest are due by e-mail to the address below by 4 p.m., Mountain time, May 7. For information, contact Susanne Ignatchik, Contract Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Regional Office, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706; (1) 208-378-5039; E-mail: signatchik@usbr.gov.

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