U.S. to seek turbine-generator rehab at 185.3-MW Fort Peck

OMAHA, Neb., U.S. 4/26/12 (PennWell) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids to rehabilitate a turbine-generator at the 185.3-MW Fort Peck powerhouse on the Missouri River near Glasgow, Mont. A site visit is scheduled May 22-23, with a solicitation expected to be issued about May 8.

The Corps’ Omaha District requested feedback in April from contractors on its proposed solicitation. It requested information in January on firms able to perform the work. The agency awarded a $4 million contract in 2008 to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to rewind a generator at Fort Peck.

The Corps plans to take 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 pre-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.

A site visit and proposal meeting are scheduled May 22-23. Those planning to attend must contact Shelby Whitmer, (1) 406-526-3431.

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.

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