U.S. seeks turbine-generator rehab, plans flood rehab at 185.3-MW Fort Peck

OMAHA, Neb., U.S. 5/25/12 (PennWell) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to rehabilitate a turbine-generator at the 185.3-MW Fort Peck hydroelectric project on the Missouri River near Glasgow, Mont. Bids are due July 18.

The Corps also plans to seek several types of other rehabilitation at Fort Peck, including work on spillway gates and a plunge pool.

The Corps’ Omaha District scheduled a site visit for the turbine-generator work May 22-23. The agency awarded a $4 million contract in 2008 to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to rewind a generator at Fort Peck.

The Corps now seeks bids for engineering and design to optimize power, performance, and efficiency of Unit 2 of the five-unit plant. The vertical-axis Francis unit has been in service since 1943 and is in daily use.

The plans call for a contractor to furnish and install a new Francis turbine runner optimized to specified peak performance at a head of 190 feet. Other work includes a generator restack and rewind, and refurbishment of wicket gates, linkages, operating ring, servo, head cover, stay ring, and thrust bearing. The work is expected to require 560 days, scheduled during planned seasonal outages.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128F12R0016 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids are due July 18. For information, contact Brandy Eaves, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, CECT-NWO-C, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102; (1) 402-995-2089; E-mail: brandy.r.eaves@usace.army.mil.

Bidding seen to rehabilitate spillway gates

The Corps announced in April that it anticipates tendering by its Omaha, Walla Walla, and Galveston districts for a large volume of contracts to repair damage from 2011 flooding in the Missouri River Basin, including work affecting Fort Peck and five other major Corps hydroelectric projects.

The Omaha District already called for bids by May 30 to repair emergency spillway access roads and flood control structure roads and drains at Fort Peck.

The Omaha District now says it expects to issue a solicitation to small businesses in early June, with bids due about June 29 to rehabilitate 16 spillway gates at Fort Peck.

The Corps plans to take bids for: inspection of stoplogs and the 40- by 25-foot steel vertical lift gates; 3-D modeling and analysis; non-destructive testing; structural repair design; welding; corrosion repair; sandblasting; lead-based paint removal; wire rope replacement; concrete spall repair; gate seal replacement; painting; design and replacement of hoist controls and switches. The work is valued at $7.5 million to $10 million.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128F12R0051 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

For information, contact Polina Poluektova, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 1616 Capital Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-995-2091; E-mail: polina.a.poluektova@usace.army.mil.

Corps to take bids for repair of plunge pool

The Galveston District said it expects to issue a solicitation in May and take bids in June for design-build repair of damage to the plunge pool at Fort Peck.

The Corps said potential repair alternatives include armoring existing cutoff walls, construction of roller-compacted-concrete wing walls, filling the existing scour hole, extending the existing stilling basin and spillway walls, installing energy dissipation features, and providing downstream riprap protection. The work is valued at $10 million to $25 million.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912HY12R0013 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

For information, contact Sara Jackets, Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-995-2424; E-mail: sara.l.jackets@usace.army.mil.

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