U.S. extends switchyard upgrade bidding again for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has further extended bidding and is keeping the solicitation on temporary hold for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Bids now are to be due Nov. 7, although the solicitation is to be amended in late October.

The Corps’ Omaha District put the solicitation on hold in September promising additional clarification in October. It previously called for bids by Oct. 15 and by Aug. 12 and 27.

In another solicitation, the district called for information Oct. 10 on firms able to carry out mechanical and structural rehabilitation of bridge cranes and a lifting beam at Fort Randall. It awarded a contract in 2012 to Flowmeter Services to supply flow meter panels for Fort Randall.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, the Corps now plans to seek 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. 28.

Bids currently are due by 2 p.m., Central time, Nov. 7. 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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