Corps seeks unit vibration correction at 600-MW Richard B. Russell

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to design a plan to correct vibration of pump-turbine generating Units 5 and 6 at the 600-MW Richard B. Russell hydroelectric project on the Savannah River in Georgia. Bids are due Dec. 29.

The Corps awarded a contract in July that included an option to supply gas breakers to Richard B. Russell. It previously took bids to install static starters and main circuit breakers at the plant.

The current work is to include: development of several alternatives that would correct the vibration problem; specifications for a selected corrective action; and a solution for temporary operation of the units in pump mode. Work options include: design of excessive vibration alarms; development of structural inspection procedures; and wicket gate timing adjustments.

Detailed drawings and specifications for the final correction plan are to be submitted within 120 days.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering solicitation No. W912HN11T0010 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids are due by 11 a.m., Eastern time, Dec. 29. For information, contact Sandra Savage, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Savannah, P.O. Box 889, Savannah, GA 31402-0889; (1) 912-652-5400; E-mail:

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