Corps expands proposed hydro turbine-generator rehab work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has expanded a search for hydroelectric equipment rehab contractors, saying projects that might require work now are located in up to 17 states. The agency also extended the deadline for responses to Feb. 22.

The Corps' Portland District previously called for information by Dec. 31, 2012, on firms capable of providing emergency rehabilitation or replacement of hydroelectric turbines, generators, and pump motors in the Corps' Northwestern Region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.

In extending the "sources sought" notice, the Corps now says possible work could include hydroelectric projects in its South Atlantic Division and Nashville District, adding Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The Corps said it is preparing to advertise a multiple-award indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract to perform emergency non-routine inspection, rehabilitation, and/or replacement services for hydroelectric turbines, generators, and large pump motors at its facilities. The Portland District took bids in September for development of an organizational management study of restructuring the Corps' Hydroelectric Design Center Generic Maintenance Team.

The district now seeks information on firms able to work on turbines, generators, pumps, and pump motors of at least 500 horsepower as well as water passage and closure devices and their control units. Turbines would include Kaplan units of at least 90 inches in diameter and Francis units of at least 39 inches in throat diameter.

The Corps said its intent is to expedite rehabilitation and replacement of deteriorated and failed major mechanical and electrical equipment by securing up to five contracts for a base year and four option years. The minimum order for each task order would be $5,000 and the maximum would be $25 million.

The sources sought notice and draft scope of work may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9127N13R0007 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Responses now are due by 11 p.m., Pacific time, Feb. 22 by e-mail only to the address below. For information, contact Kathryn Newhouse, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, CECT-NWP, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946; (1) 503-808-4620; Fax: (1) 503-808-4605; E-mail: kathryn.a.newhouse@usace.army.mil.

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