U.S. seeks information on replacement cabling at 340-MW Bull Shoals hydro project

The Southwestern Power Administration seeks information on a proposal to change the type of cabling used in the powerhouse of 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on the White River in Arkansas. Responses are due Nov. 1.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took bids in 2009 to replace switchgear and other equipment at Bull Shoals and two other hydroelectric projects in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas. SWPA, one of the Department of Energy’s four power marketing administrations, took bids in June to replace control and power cables of the 96-MW Greers Ferry hydroelectric project on Arkansas’ Little Red River.

In a sources sought notice to small businesses, SWPA now requests information on 161-kilovolt solid dielectric cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cable to verify the feasibility and suitability of using it to replace 161-kilovolt high pressure fluid filled (HPFF) cable in a hydroelectric plant. Bull Shoals has five three-phase 161-kV HPFF cables connected to 13.8/161-kV transformers.

The sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. DESOL0006286 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. For more information or a site visit, contact Scott Holland, (1) 918-295-6521.

Responses are due by noon, Eastern time, Nov. 1 by e-mail to Sean L. Long, Southwestern Power Administration, 1 W. Third St., Tulsa, OK 74103-3052; (1) 918-595-6600; Fax: (1) 918-595-6656; E-mail: sean.long@swpa.gov.

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