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PSOJ wants 360 megawatt evaluation report made public
2013-09-24 09:46:06 | (0 Comments)
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says it will be pressing the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) to make public the evaluation report on the bidders for the 360 megawatt project.
Christopher Zacca, president of the PSOJ. Rudolph Brown/Photographer
The PSOJ is part of a coalition of civil society groups which took out a full-page advertisement yesterday to petition the government to take certain urgent actions.
Among the actions the groups called for is the immediate release of the final bidders’ evaluation report produced by consultants Mott MacDonald.
There has been controversy surrounding the bidding process particularly after the Office of the Contractor General said, in a report that the energy minister acted improperly in accepting a late bid from Hong Kong based Energy World International.
As a result the contractor general had stated that EWI should be excluded from the process.
The OUR later announced Azurest Cambridge as the preferred bidder, but said EWI was next in line should Azurest fail to meet the conditions for going forward.
The PSOJ and other groups remain dissatisfied with the selection process and now want the evaluation report released.
Head of the PSOJ Christopher Zacca says the release of the information could help to remove doubts about the integrity of the process.
"There are a number of questions that we have at the PSOJ about the bid evaluation process and also the details surrounding savings on energy and etcetera and what criteria were used to select the preferred bidder," said Zacca. "We've joined a group of other civic society organizations, calling for the release of the consultant's report because we think it's important for transparency and to build confidence in the process going forward because that is what is needed now. Without confidence in the whole change to lower energy, it won't succeed".
Azurest now has until October 3 to prove that it has the financial backing to carry out the project.
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