Corps awards contracts for emergency equipment rehab, replacement at northwestern facilities

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to Alstom, Andritz, National Electric Coil and Voith for the emergency rehabilitation or replacement of turbines, generators and pump motors in the Corps’ Northwestern Region.

The Corps’ Portland District most recently called for bids this past December after restarting and substantially enlarging a proposed solicitation in October.

It had requested information in April from firms capable of providing emergency rehabilitation or replacement of the large hydropower equipment in the Corps’ Northwestern Region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. At one point, the agency had expanded the area of proposed work to its South Atlantic Division and Nashville District, only to later scale it back again to the Northwestern Region.

IDIQ contracts give the four awardees an opportunity to be contracted for work that includes multiple emergency non-routine inspection, rehabilitation, and/or replacement services for 197 hydroelectric turbines and generators, and for large pump motors at USACE facilities over the five-year term of the contract.

Equipment could include turbines, generators, pumps, and pump motors of at least 500 horsepower as well as water passage and closure devices and their control units. Turbines could include Kaplan units of at least 90 inches in diameter and Francis units of at least 39 inches in throat diameter.

The Corps said its intent is to expedite rehabilitation and replacement of deteriorated and failed major mechanical and electrical equipment by securing up to five contracts for a base year and four option years. The awards could have a cumulative value up to US$99.5 million.

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