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JLP to seek clarification on 360MW project from OUR come Friday
2013-10-02 14:25:30 | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Gregory Mair – File
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) must be prepared to answer questions on the 360 megawatt energy project bidding process at Friday's meeting of the Energy Council.
The warning from the Opposition Spokesperson on Energy, Gregory Mair follows disclosure that none of the four shortlisted bidders including the preferred bidder, Azurest Cambridge Power, were able to convince consultants they could source the money to finance the project.
The information was contained in an executive summary by Mott MacDonald, the international company employed by the OUR to evaluate the proposals.
Mair says the full report needs to be made available given concerns about how the OUR’s decision to select Azurest was arrived at.
He says a lack of transparency is the major problem still plaguing the process.
Mair says the OUR will now have to explain why the bidder’s bond requirement was removed for the 360 megawatt energy project.
He asserts that this is even more curious given the disclosures from the international consultant.
Azurest is to inform the OUR today if they will meet Thursday's deadline to pay over the one per cent security bond to construct the $690-million power plant.
On September 18, when they were announced as preferred bidders, the OUR gave the company 15 days to make a $6.9 million deposit to secure the contract and to provide evidence of its ability to execute the project.
If Azurest Cambridge Power fails to post the security bond, the OUR will offer the opportunity to the next-ranked entity, the Hong Kong-based Energy World International.
The Contractor General Dirk Harrison had ruled EWI should be excluded from the list of entities to be considered.
The power plant is expected to supply half of Jamaica's energy needs to the national grid.
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