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360-megawatt project delay disappoints Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association
2013-09-10 10:19:24 | (0 Comments)
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
Brian Pengelley – File
The head of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Brian Pengelley, has expressed disappointment that there’s another delay in the completion of a bid evaluation report in relation to the government’s 360 megawatt project.
Yesterday, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) announced it had pushed back its deadline to announce a winner for the project because of unforeseen legal issues which have arisen.
The OUR also noted that it needed clarifications from some of the bidders after receiving a draft of the evaluation report on the proposals.
Manufacturers are hoping the 360-megawatt project will bring cheaper energy which will allow them to compete.
Pengelley says he will be seeking answers today about this latest delay.
The OUR says it now expects to receive a final evaluation report by this Friday and notification of the highest ranked bidder will take place by September 18.
Last month the JMA had cautioned the OUR against varying its timetable to select a preferred bidder for the 360-megawatt project.
The warning came at the opening of bids for the project, following a second extension for bidders to make their submissions.
Four entities are vying to take on the project, which will see 360 megawatts of energy being supplied to the national grid.
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