Miter gate work needed at Melvin Price Locks and Dam in U.S.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for miter gate machinery replacement and alterations to miter gates at Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill. Bids are due March 8, 2010.

The Corps’ St. Louis District seeks concrete, miscellaneous metals, painting, electrical work, miter gate machinery, and hydraulic pump rehabilitation. The work is valued between $1 million and $5 million.

Although Melvin Price is a navigation dam, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license in 2005 to Price Dam Partnership Ltd. to build a 92-MW hydroelectric project at the site utilizing 192 modular Hydromatrix turbine-generators in six modules built in six tainter gates and atop the dam. Brookfield Renewable Power, which acquired Price Dam Partnership in 2007, seeks to amend the project license (No. 12187) to allow replacement of the Hydromatrix units with three conventional bulb turbines totaling 75 MW in a submersible powerhouse. (HydroWorld 6/26/07)

A Corps solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering Solicitation No. W912P910R0715 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Prospective bidders must register at the Central Contractor Registration database,, and the On-line Representations and Certification system,

Bids are due March 8. For information, contact Frank J. Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, CEMVS-CT, 1222 Spruce St., St. Louis MO 63103-2833; (1) 540-665-3446; E-mail:

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