U.S. extends question period for generator excitation at 494-MW Big Bend hydro project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for questions from prospective bidders to replace generator excitation systems on eight units of the 494.3-MW Big Bend hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Questions now are due Oct. 30 with a solicitation expected in October.

The Corps’ Omaha District previously called for questions by July 17 with a solicitation expected in July.

It took bids in September to manufacture and supply up to 36 digital governors to Big Bend and five other major hydroelectric projects on the Missouri River. It also awarded a contract last year to Emagineered Solutions Inc. for waterstop repairs in upstream monolith joints at the project.

The Omaha District now plans to seek bids for design, manufacture installation, testing and commissioning of eight digital static excitation systems for Units 1-8 at Big Bend powerhouse.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128F15R0015 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Questions now may be submitted to the address below by Oct. 30. A solicitation now is expected in early October with bids due in early November.

For information, contact Alexander Mueller, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, CENWO-CT-C, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-995-2045; E-mail: alexander.d.mueller@usace.army.mil.

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