O&M bidding extended again by U.S. for 14-MW Philpott hydro project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further extended the deadline for bids from small businesses to provide operation and maintenance of the Corps’ 14-MW Philpott hydroelectric project in Virginia. Questions now may be submitted until May 16, with bids due June 4.

The Corps’ Wilmington District previously called for bids by May 28, May 2 and April 25. It requested information last year on firms able to provide operation and maintenance of Philpott and W. Kerr Scott Dam in North Carolina. It also took information on firms able to supply hydro governors, switchgear, and voltage regulators for the Philpott project.

The project was completed in 1952 on the Smith River to control flooding, generate electricity, and provide recreation in Virginia.

The Philpott project has 2,800 acres of water, 6,000 acres of land, numerous recreation areas, and a powerhouse containing two Francis turbines of 6.7 MW each and a 600-kW unit. Operation and maintenance is to include planning, programming, administration, management, supervision, maintenance of accurate and complete records, quality control inspections, personnel, materials, equipment, and vehicles.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912PM14R0005 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Questions may be submitted until 2 p.m., Eastern time, May 16.

Bids now are due by 2 p.m., Eastern time, June 4 by e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Bruce A. Helms, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, 69 Darlington Ave., Wilmington, NC 28403; (1) 910-251-4580; E-mail: bruce.a.helms@usace.army.mil.

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