Corps again extends bidding for tainter gate rehab at 130-MW Barkley

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended bidding for its reissued solicitation to repair and paint tainter gates at the 130-MW Barkley hydroelectric project on the Cumberland River in Kentucky. Bids now are due Oct. 4.

The Corps had reissued a solicitation for the work, with bids due Sept. 29, after it had previously called for bids by July 20 and June 20. Originally, the work was to be set aside for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses. The latest solicitation is set aside for the more general category of small businesses.

Barkley, in Lyon County, Ky., is among nine Corps hydropower plants on the Cumberland that a study found need as much as $470 million in repairs. The Corps took bids Sept. 7 to rewind generator No. 1 at Barkley.

The Corps’ Nashville District now seeks bids from contractors to replace the worst of bent members, repair rusted web stiffeners, repair cracked weld connections, prepare surface and coat the 12 50- by 55-foot tainter gates.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering solicitation No. W912P511B0021 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids are due Oct. 4. For information, contact Ray Kendrick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, P.O. Box 1070, 801 Broad St., Nashville, TN 37202-1070; (1) 615-736-7932; E-mail:

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