UPDATE – U.S. extends governor bid date for Northwest plants

The Corps of Engineers’ North Pacific Region has extended the deadline for bids to design, manufacture, and deliver replacement digital governors for hydropower plants in the Corps’ Seattle, Portland, and Walla Walla districts. The new deadline is Oct. 6.

Bids originally were due Sept. 3. (HNN 6/16/08)

The Corps said it wants equipment of modular design featuring components that are available from more than one manufacturer and are functionally interchangeable. The contractor is to convert hydraulic cabinet actuator governors to electronically controlled hydraulic governors, comprised of programmable logic controllers and auxiliary equipment.

In addition to extending the due date, the Corps increased the maximum cost of the contracted work to $15 million from $9 million. Task orders are to be issued on an as-required basis.

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. (HNN 4/16/08)

The region’s powerhouses have several unique families of governors, including: Allis Chalmers mechanical governors; Pelton mechanical governors; Pelton mechanical governors by Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton; Voest-Alpine analog electric governors; Woodward analog electronic governors; and Woodward mechanical governors, the Corps said.

The solicitation is available from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering the number W9127N07R0031 in the Quick Search box.

Proposals are due Oct. 6 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 333 S.W. First Ave., Portland, OR 97204-3495. For information, contact Amy Kelm in the Portland District: (1) 503-808-4606; E-mail: amy.a.kelm@usace.army.mil.

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