U.S. extends, suspends bidding for switchyard upgrades at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline, and put bidding on temporary hold, to upgrade the switchyard at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Bids currently are due Oct. 15, although the solicitation is to be amended in early October.

The Corps’ Omaha District previously called for bids Aug. 12 and 27. It awarded a contract in 2012 to Flowmeter Services to supply flow meter panels for Fort Randall. The Corps also took bids in 2012 to rehabilitate spillway gates and to supply gate hoist controllers and perform other rehabilitation at the project.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, the Corps now seeks bids to upgrade the capacity of the Fort Randall switchyard to meet Western Area Power Authority’s updated requirements as well as to replace antiquated oil-filled equipment with modern gas-insulated equipment. The work is expected to take two years at a cost of $5 million to $7.5 million.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128F14R0047 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

The Corps said the solicitation is temporarily on hold due to issues with government-furnished equipment. It said an additional amendment with clarifications is expected to be issued about Oct. 6.

Bids currently are due by 2 p.m., Central time, Oct. 15. For information, contact David Neal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 1616 Capital Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-995-2816; E-mail: david.w.neal@usace.army.mil.

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