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Investors asked to file no-corruption declaration

Investors asked to file no-corruption declaration

ISLAMABAD: Learning lesson from the Nandipur fiasco, the government has started the process for selection of operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for two power projects (of over 2,400 megawatts) based on liquefied natural gas to be completed in the first quarter of 2018 in Punjab.

The Ministry of Water and Power has also asked the prospective bidders to submit integrity pact to declare that they or their partners would observe the highest standards of ethics during the procurement and execution of the project. If found to have offered or given anything in value to influence bidding through collusive, corrupt, coercive or fraudulent activities, the bidders would be declared ineligible and blacklisted.

The inability of the Nandipur Power Project management to award O&M contract at the time of completion of the 425MW plant delayed its smooth operations and created a lot of political controversy in and outside parliament.

In October last year, the government declared a consortium led by China’s Harbin Electric International Company and Habib Rafiq as the lowest evaluated bidder for the Rs82 billion power project at Balloki, Punjab, based on re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) which offered levelised electricity cost of 7.973 US cents for 1,230MW.

In August last year, another consortium comprising Power Construction Corporation of China and Qavi Engineers was declared the lowest bidder for a similar Rs82 billion power project in Haveli Bahadur Shah of Jhang district at a lowest levilised electricity cost of 7.921 cents per unit.

The two projects are among the five RLNG-based projects the government has been pursuing under its fast-track power generation programme. The government expects the two plants to start partial production in 17 months i.e. second quarter of 2017, and start full commercial operations by the first quarter of 2018.

The state-run National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak) has been appointed as consultant to prequalify the O&M bidders with technical and financial expertise of the Lahmeyer International GmbH, HaidermotaBNR & Co and Ernst & Young Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder as sub-consultants.

Involvement of bidders in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices or other integrity violations in competing for the contract will lead to imposition of penalties and declaring either indefinitely or for a stated period of time, to participate as a contractor or sub-contractor.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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