U.S. seeks wooden bearings for Mississippi Lock and Dam 15

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply and install Lignum Vitae wooden bearings for its hydroelectric turbine at the Corps’ Lock and Dam 15 hydroelectric project on the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Ill. Bids are due Feb. 9, 2010.

The Corps’ Rock Island District seeks a set of four bearings including staves and base plates. It said the project’s original bearings of Lignum Vitae, a rare wood known for its hardness and self-lubricating characteristics, lasted 67 years from 1934 to 2001. Replacement composite metal bearings lasted up to six years and less than two years.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EK10T0022 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids are due Feb. 9. For information, contact Brunson Grothus, U.S. Army Engineer District, Rock Island, P.O. Box 2004, Clock Tower Building, Attn.: CEMVR-CT, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004; (1) 309-794-5241; E-mail: brunson.e.grothus@usace.army.mil

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