UPDATE – Corps extends comment on advanced turbine for 603-MW Ice Harbor

The Corps of Engineers has extended the due date for industry comments on a draft solicitation for an advanced �fish friendly� turbine for the 603-MW Ice Harbor project on the Snake River.

The Corps extended the comment date to Feb. 15 from Jan. 22. (HNN 12/20/07) It said no award would result from the draft solicitation. After considering comments, it expects to issue a formal request for proposals.

The agency previously sought expressions of interest on a proposed design and acquisition program to develop an �environmentally friendly� advanced turbine. (HNN 4/20/06)

The Corps said the project is to use the latest technologies in turbine design and assessment as a �proof of concept� to support fish friendly or environmental-based designs. The prototype turbine would replace the existing Unit 2 Kaplan runner at Ice Harbor, located in Washington.

The contract would be separated into Phase 1, covering engineering and hydraulic design, and Phase 2, covering fabrication and delivery of the selected runner design. If the new unit demonstrates desired fish friendly performance, the Corps said two additional Ice Harbor turbines might be replaced under separate contract.

The draft solicitation, No. W912EF-07-R-0004, is on the government’s Federal Technical Data Solutions Internet site, www.fedteds.gov. One can obtain access to it via the Federal Business Opportunities website, www.fbo.gov, by entering the solicitation number, without hyphens, in the Quick Search box and clicking on the link in the notice.

Submit comments by Feb. 15 to Phyllis Buerstatte, Contract Specialist, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362; (1) 509-527-7211; E-mail: phyllis.l.buerstatte@usace.army.mil.

The Corps has reserved Feb. 25-29 for meetings with firms wanting to discuss the draft with the government acquisition team. Meetings can be conducted by telephone or in person at the Walla Walla District office. Contact Buerstatte to schedule a meeting.

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