Corps to seek tainter gate rehab at 130-MW Barkley

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids to repair and paint tainter gates at the 130-MW Barkley hydroelectric project on the Cumberland River in Kentucky. The Corps expects to issue a solicitation by the end of May.

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 in 2010 to rehabilitate bridge cranes at Barkley and the 100-MW Old Hickory hydroelectric project in Tennessee.

The Corps’ Nashville District plans to seek 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. The work is to be set aside for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering solicitation No. W912P511B0009 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

The Corps expects to issue a solicitation by the end of May with a due date to be set at that time. 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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