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Losing Bidder’s Protest Could Delay Savannah Harbor Deepening, Corps of Engineers Says

Posted on September 28, 2015

By Mary Landers,

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract for a dissolved oxygen system to CDM Constructors Inc. for $99.6 million on July 31. On Aug. 13, Crowder Construction Company filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

“We have pursued the process provided by federal contract rules that allows us to ask for review by the GAO of how the contractor for the project was selected by the Corps,” Crowder Vice President Jody Barbee wrote in an email. “We believe that our arguments are well founded and have faith the GAO will fairly evaluate the situation.”

The oxygen injection systems will be at two spots on the Savannah River, one adjacent to Plant McIntosh in Effingham County and the other on Hutchinson Island. Fourteen two-story Speece cones will be installed to blend oxygen into the water before it’s returned to the river. The extra oxygen is needed to make up for oxygen depletion caused by dredging the river an additional 5 feet to a depth of 47 feet.


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