U.S. eyes labor agreements for hydro turbine work at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 980-MW McNary dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is surveying whether it would be appropriate to use Project Labor Agreements for major hydropower turbine supply or installation at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River or at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River. Responses to separate notices are due Nov. 7.

The Corps’ Walla Walla District took bids in June to refurbish thrust bearing shoes at Ice Harbor and at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam, both on the Snake in Washington. It sought information in March on firms capable of repairing Fishpump 2 at McNary, on the border of Oregon and Washington.

In two special notices, the district now is conducting surveys to help determine whether Project Labor Agreements are appropriate for large-scale construction projects, exceeding $25 million each, at Ice Harbor and McNary. The Corps said responses to the market research would help it determine whether to utilize PLAs, which are defined as pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with one or more labor organizations that establish terms and conditions of employment for specific construction projects.

The Corps anticipates work at Ice Harbor would include installation and commissioning of three government-furnished hydroelectric turbine runners with associated water passage components and generator stator winding replacements. It anticipates work at McNary would include design, supply, installation and commissioning of 14 new turbine runners and associated components, and replacing three sets of generator stator windings.

The special notice with survey questions about a PLA agreement for Ice Harbor may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912EF15RSN01 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. The similar notice for McNary may be obtained by entering solicitation No. W912EF15RSN02 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses to both surveys are due by Nov. 7 by mail or e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Phyllis Buerstatte, Contract Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, CENWW-CT, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876; (1) 509-527-7211; Fax: (1) 509-527-7802; E-mail: phyllis.l.buerstatte@usace.army.mil.

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