U.S. extends schedule of governor bidding for 21 Northwest hydro plants

The Corps of Engineers has delayed issuance of a solicitation for contractors to install new digital governor equipment at 21 hydroelectric projects in the Pacific Northwest. The solicitation now is expected to be available in September.

The Corps awarded a $10.6 million contract in December 2008 to American Governor Co. to design, manufacture, and deliver replacement digital governors for hydropower plants in the Seattle, Portland, and Walla Walla districts. (HydroWorld 1/22/09)

The Corps’ Northwest Division, Portland District, issued the current pre-solicitation notice saying it intends to seek up to three contractors to install new government-furnished digital governor equipment to retrofit up to 145 existing governors on hydroelectric units at 21 powerhouses in the Northwest. (HydroWorld 8/14/09)

Individual task orders are to range from $100,000 to $3 million, with multiple awards totaling more than $10 million.

The Corps operates and maintains 21 hydroelectric powerhouses within the Federal Columbia River Power System, and the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette rivers. It said many of the powerhouses have mechanical governors that require replacement, repair, or refurbishment.

The Corps said the solicitation was delayed from August, with availability now expected in September. The pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering the number W9127N08R0017 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

The Corps set a new tentative response date of Oct. 15, 2009, delayed from Sept. 8. For information, contact Trevor Laughter, Contract Specialist, Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Contracting Division, CENWP-CT_, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946; (1) 503-808-4613; E-mail: trevor.laughter@usace.army.mil.

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