U.S. seeks firms to study value of Missouri River flow support

WASHINGTON 3/2/12 (PennWell) — The Department of Transportation seeks information on firms that could study the value of flow support that Missouri River water projects provide to users of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Responses are due March 9.

Under a 2010 mandate from Congress, DOT is to work with the Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture departments to develop a comprehensive understanding of the full value of river flow support to users on the Missouri and Mississippi.

The analysis is to include:
o energy, including hydropower and generation cooling;
o water transport, including total transportation congestion, transportation energy efficiency, air quality, and carbon emissions; and
o water users, including the number and distribution of people, municipalities, and businesses throughout the Missouri and Mississippi basins that use river water for multiple purposes.

Congress called for DOT to develop recommendations on how to minimize impediments to growth and to maximize water value of benefits related to energy production and efficiency, congestion relief, trade and transport efficiency, and air quality.

The agency issued a sources sought notice seeking information from firms on their capacity and potential approaches to perform the study under contract with DOT.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. Missouri2012 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 5 p.m., Eastern time, March 9. For information, contact Katina Barham, Contracting Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., W28-201, Washington, DC 20590; (1) 202-366-2006; Fax: (1) 202-366-3237; E-mail: katina.barham@dot.gov.


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U.S. seeks firms to increase height of Dahla Dam, Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan 2/3/12 (PennWell) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of Responses are due February 10.

The Corps issued a similar request in 2011, as well as an inquiry about firms to perform major rehabilitation work at Afghanistan’s 33-MW Kajaki Dam.

Dahla Dam is on the Arghandab River about 34 kilometers northeast of Kandahar. The project supplies irrigation water, a small amount of hydropower, and is being considered to supply municipal water. The reservoir has lost about 30 percent of its storage capacity due to sedimentation.

In an initiative by the government of Canada, a joint venture of Canadian engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin and Canadian consulting firm Hydrosult managed rehabilitation of Dahla Dam to restore supply of irrigation water to the area.

The Corps’ Transatlantic South District now seeks to establish a list of qualified companies capable of increasing the height of Dahla Dam at least 5 meters with an option for an additional 3 meters. The Corps seeks firms able to restore storage capacity by raising the earth and rockfill dam, saddle dikes, and spillways, and by modifying structural, hydraulic, and electro-mechanical features. The work is valued at between US$100 million and US$250 million

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W5J9LE12S0002 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by February 10, by e-mail only, to the address below. For information, contact Nicholas Emanuel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Kandahar, 0003 HQ HHC ARCENT Kandahar, OEF Multi-class SSF AWCF Kandahar, APO AE, AF 09355; (1) 540-667-6581; E-mail: nicholas.p.emanuel@usace.army.mil.