Contracts Awarded for Equipment at Minidoka Dam

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
John Tiedeman, (208) 378-5034

For Release: September 20, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded supply contracts for equipment needed to repair the Minidoka Dam spillway and canal headworks. The construction contract to repair the spillway is likely to be awarded in March 2011. The dam is located on the Snake River about 18 miles northeast of Burley, Idaho.

The supply contracts were awarded between July and September 10, 2010, and the equipment should be delivered by late December 2011. Contracts were awarded to the following vendors:

- Con-Vey/Keystone, Inc. of Roseburg, Oregon, $1,892,174 for 16 radial gates and radial gates hoists; - Con-Vey/Keystone, Inc. of Roseburg, Oregon, $214,600 for stop logs; - K & N Electric Motors, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Washington, $115,712 for 8 cast iron slide gates; - Airborne Veterans Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, $99,922 for steel pipe; - Millennium Products, Inc. of Clarkston, Michigan, $49,750 for engine-generator set.

"Reclamation is purchasing and storing the equipment before construction to avoid delays in the construction sequence which is critical because most of the work must be completed during the non-irrigation season," said Jerrold Gregg, Snake River Area Manager. "The structures must be in-place and operational for water delivery, hydropower, and flood control during and between construction seasons."

The Minidoka Spillway Replacement Project will replace deteriorating concrete that is over 100 years old and constantly in need of repairs. The work will also include the outdated 2,237 foot long pier and stop log structure which is labor intensive to operate. These repairs will allow Reclamation to continue to meet its contractual obligations for water delivery, power generation, and compliance with the Endangered Species Act.

Minidoka Dam was constructed in 1906 as part of the Minidoka Project. Minidoka Dam is operated as one of six storage facilities on the Snake and Henry's Fork rivers. The multi-purpose project provides irrigation, power production, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

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