U.S. seeks tuning of power stabilizers, exciters at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam

Gavins Point Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform tuning of power system stabilizers and exciters at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River. Bids are due July 11.

The Corps' Omaha District took bids in March to perform load testing of station service and power plant control system batteries Gavins Point Last year, it awarded a contract to Yellowstone Electric Co. to install generator step-up transformers and related equipment at the project. In 2012, it awarded a contract to Futurenet Group Inc. to replace tailrace erosion protection.

In a solicitation set aside for small business, the Corps now seeks bids to perform tuning of three power system stabilizers and fine tuning of three exciters at Gavins Point. In addition, the contractor is to provide one power system stabilizer card designed by Siemens to work with existing equipment. Two other PSS cards are to be provided by the government.

Currently the exciters to not have PSS cards connected and as a result the generators are limited in their operation. Western Area Power Administration is requiring the cards to be inserted and tuned to maintain system stability while allowing for maximum generation capability.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128F14T0062 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Bids are due July 11. For information, contact Monica Dwyer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 1616 Capital Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-667-7873; E-mail: monica.e.dwyer@usace.army.mil.

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