June 5, 2023

Army Corps Details $5 Billion MATOC Acquisition for Improved Power Generation Services in Puerto Rico

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District has announced a major acquisition initiative with the goal of stabilizing the power system and enhancing power generation services in Puerto Rico. The acquisition aims to establish a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) with a shared capacity of $5 billion, spanning a five-year ordering period. USACE expects to issue a formal solicitation notice by June 20, 2023.

Under the responsibility of USACE Savannah District, the primary focus of the contract will be on temporary emergency power augmentation and related repairs to generation facilities. The objective is to address the issues affecting the power system in Puerto Rico and ensure its stability. The scope of work will involve the provision of land-based temporary generating units capable of utilizing dual fuel sources, specifically liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Additionally, temporary transformers, control cabling, and equipment installation will be included in the contracted services.

Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA conduct a site visit at the Costa Sur Power Plant near Ponce, Puerto Rico, Nov. 30, 2022. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working closely with federal agency partners in response to the Government of Puerto Rico’s request for assistance stabilizing the power system following the impacts of Hurricane Fiona. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Grace Geiger)
Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA conduct a site visit at the Costa Sur Power Plant near Ponce, Puerto Rico, Nov. 30, 2022. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working closely with federal agency partners in response to the Government of Puerto Rico’s request for assistance stabilizing the power system following the impacts of Hurricane Fiona. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Grace Geiger)

The acquisition will also encompass the operation and maintenance of the equipment provided. This includes tasks such as regular maintenance, fuel management, and coordination with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and LUMA Energy (LUMA) to synchronize operational schedules and ensure proper connections to their existing equipment.

USACE has decided to solicit and award the MATOC on an unrestricted basis, following the procedures outlined in FAR 15.304(c)(1)(ii). This approach ensures equal opportunity for all qualifying offerors to participate in the acquisition. By fostering competition and encouraging a diverse range of contractors, SAS aims to secure the expertise needed to successfully accomplish the power system stabilization and generation service objectives.

The establishment of this MATOC, with its substantial shared capacity and extended ordering period, is expected to significantly contribute to the improvement of Puerto Rico's power infrastructure. Through the temporary emergency power augmentation and repairs of generation facilities, USACE is dedicated to enhancing the resilience and reliability of Puerto Rico’s power system.

The estimated proposal due date is July 20, 2023.

The original announcement can found on SAM.gov: https://sam.gov/opp/8aa51a688b314a9db86b243d81be8bf8/view

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