UPDATE – U.S. extends bid date for turbines at 603-MW Ice Harbor

The Corps of Engineers extended its due date for bids to design and supply two advanced turbines for the 603-MW Ice Harbor hydroelectric project on the lower Snake River in Washington. Bids now are due June 9.

Bids originally were due May 26. (HNN 4/13/09) The Corps previously issued a pre-solicitation notice for the work. (HNN 3/30/09) The solicitation followed industry comments on a draft solicitation for an advanced �fish friendly� hydropower turbine for Ice Harbor. (HNN 1/4/08)

In addition to extending the due date, the Corps announced April 14 it will conduct a site visit May 21. Participants are to meet at the south side guard station below the dam, and visit the turbine runner delivery point, temporary storage area, and project powerhouse. Those planning to attend must register by May 20 on the Internet at www.nww.usace.army.mil/apps/csvr.

The Corps said work would include the design and supply of fixed-blade and adjustable-blade turbine runners, to replace existing runners in Units 2 and 3.

The solicitation includes all equipment, labor, materials, and work to design an �improved fish passage environment� fixed-blade turbine. The contractor also is to supply the turbine runner and appurtenant components. Additional requirements would govern the design of an �improved fish passage environment� adjustable-blade turbine, with the optional supply of the adjustable-blade runner and appurtenant components.

The notice is available on the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912EF09R0004 in the �Quick Search� box.

Bids are due June 9. For information, contact Phyllis Buerstatte, Contract Specialist, Corps of Engineers, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362; (1) 509-527-7211; E-mail: phyllis.l.buerstatte@usace.army.mil.

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