|Listen to Live Jamaican Radio, Listen to Power 106 FM 24x7. Click Here to Listen Free | (Advertisement)|
Disclose preferred bidder for power plant – Clarke
2013-09-11 18:12:11 | (0 Comments)
One of the bidders for the construction of the 360-megawatt power supply plant has expressed dismay at the missing of the latest deadline for the disclosure of the preferred proposal and has called on the Government to immediately reveal the results of the evaluation.
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) announced on September 9 that although it had received a draft of the evaluation report for the proposals, it now needed more time to seek clarification on critical matters from some bidders and to seek advice on unforeseen legal issues.
Various anomalies in the bidding process "serve to undermine confidence in the integrity of the process and are at best the result of incompetence and at worst, possibly, a distortion of the process," said Dr. Nigel Clarke, deputy chairman of Mussons Jamaica at a press briefing in St. Andrew today.
The group is a partner in one of the bidders, Armorview Holdings, which in turn is a partner in Energize Jamaica along with the Tankweld Group and others.
"All clarifications, especially those on critical matters, should have occurred during the official period of evaluation," said Dr. Clarke, calling the delay in the publication of the results "the most recent aberration."
He added that "we are fearful, and all Jamaicans should be, that without a release of the evaluation report to the public this request for a 'clarification' allows the possibility for, and certainly fuels the perception of, a subversion of the recommendations of the report without proper review by the highest decision-making bodies in the country."
Dr. Clarke was supported by Chris Bicknell, group CEO of Tankweld, who stated that "we cannot afford any further slippage on this."
Bicknell said "the credibility of the process is crucial." He noted that the lack of credibility could "undermine the very nature of the project itself," especially efforts to attract international financing for the US$500 billion that is needed to undertake the project.
Asked if he thought it possible that the OUR was making room for another company to enter the fray, Bicknell said "any number can play" but that he hoped there would not be any new bidder.
Efforts to reach the OUR were unsuccessful up to press time.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
The opinions on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner. The Gleaner reserves the right not to publish comments that may be deemed libelous, derogatory or indecent. To respond to The Gleaner please use the feedback form.
Go- Jamaica: Home | Business Directory | Jobsmart | Chat | Gallery | Videos | Events