U.S. to seek exciter replacement at 525-MW Libby Dam

The Corps of Engineers plans to seek replacement of five excitation systems at 525-MW Libby Dam on the Kootenai River in Montana. Responses are expected to be due Dec. 29, 2009.

The Corps’ Seattle District announced in February it would award a contract to ABB Power Generation Inc. for 16 excitation systems for Libby and for 2,457.3-MW Chief Joseph Dam in Washington. (HydroWorld 2/18/09) In August, the Corps named Libby Dam its Natural Resources Management Project of the Year. (HydroWorld 8/21/09)

The Corps now says it will issue a solicitation within the next month to design, supply, and install five excitation systems at Libby, including removal of existing static exciters, repairing the concrete floor, and installing and testing new units. New units are to include automatic voltage regulators, power system stabilizers, and power potential transformers.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912DW10R0011 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Bidders must register on the Central Contractor Registration Internet site, www.ccr.gov.

A solicitation is expected to be issued within the month, with bids to be due about Dec. 29, 2009. For information, contact Renee R. Heerhartz, U.S. Army Engineer District, Seattle, Attn: CENWS-CT, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755; (1) 206-764-3478; E-mail: renee.r.heerhartz@usace.army.mil.

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