U.S. seeks firms to blast, repair penstocks at 96-MW Greers Ferry

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses that can blast clean, repair, and paint two penstocks at the 96-MW Greers Ferry hydroelectric project in Arkansas. Responses are due Nov. 8.

The Corps’ Little Rock District awarded a $2.7 million contract in September to BCI Construction to replace switchgear and other electrical equipment at Greers Ferry and the 112-MW Beaver project.

The Corps now seeks to identify small businesses capable of performing the penstock work. Responses are to determine whether there is adequate competition for the proposed contract.

The work is to include blast cleaning, repairing, and painting interior steel surfaces of two main-unit penstock assemblies, scroll cases, and wicket gates. Both penstocks are about 190 feet long, with diameters of 18.5 feet that taper down to eight feet. Each unit contains 24 wicket gates with a surface area of 17.7 square feet each.

The work is valued at between $1 million and $5 million.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W9127S12R0005 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by e-mail to the address below by 2 p.m., Central time, Nov. 8. For information, contact Brandy N. Thomas, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Little Rock, 700 W. Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201; (1) 501-324-5720; E-mail: brandy.n.thomas@usace.army.mil.

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