Oregon firm to maintain, repair California dams

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S. 10/19/11 (PennWell) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a maximum $5 million contract to M.J. Hughes Construction Inc. to maintain and repair more than a dozen dams in the Corps' Sacramento District of California.

The Corps took bids for the work in August. Work is to be performed at dams throughout California, many associated with non-governmental hydropower projects licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hughes, of Gresham, Ore., received a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for dam maintenance and repairs worth a maximum of $5 million. In addition, Hughes received five task orders under the contract for actual work totaling $1.2 million.

The five task orders are for work at New Hogan Dam, site of the 2.65-MW New Hogan project (No. 2903); Black Butte Dam, site of the 6.2-MW Black Butte project (No. 3190); Buchanan Dam (Eastman Lake); Hidden Dam (Hensley Lake); and Martis Creek Dam.

Work under the contract can include, but is not limited to, emergency and service gates; low-flow gates; tainter radial gates; conduit liners; penstocks; breast walls; trash racks; bulkhead gates; all facets of painting, paint removal, and concrete repair; spillways; intakes; plumbing, electrical, hydraulic, and pump systems; wing walls, drain holes; vertical drains; conduits; and gate seals for Sacramento District dams.

The list of other prospective work under the contract includes Lake Isabella Dam, which is site of the 11.95-MW Isabella project (No. 8377) Like a number of dams on the list, Isabella, on the Kern River, is being studied for remedial actions to prevent possible failure during earthquakes.

Other projects on the list include: Success Lake Dam, site of the 1.4-MW Success project (No. 3038); Lake Kaweah Dam, site of the 17-MW Terminus project (P-3947); Pine Flat Dam, site of the 165-MW Pine Flat project (No. 2741); Englebright Dam, site of the 12-MW Narrows project (No. 1403) and a portion of the 395-MW Yuba River project (No. 2246); and the Merced Stream Group (Burns, Bear, Owens, and Mariposa dams).

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