Energy Minister joins OUR, Contractor General court battle
Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has been granted leave to be a party in the court action brought by the Office of the Utilities Regulations (OUR) against the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).
The OUR is seeking leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to get an order to quash the OCG report into the 360 megawatt project.
The matter is being heard in the Supreme Court by Justice David Fraser.
In its report, the OCG found that the bidding process was flawed.
The report, which was tabled last year September, stated, among other things, that the intervention of the Energy Minister, which led to the acceptance of Energy World International’s bid, was unfair and compromised the integrity of the selection process.
The OUR and Paullwell have dismissed the claims and have maintained that they did nothing wrong.
The OUR is contending that there was no basis for the OCG to arrive at that conclusion.
The regulator further argues that the OCG improperly interpreted the procurement rule.
The OCG’s report caused the Inter American development Bank to withdraw funding to EWI.
As a result, the Hong Kong based company was unable to continue with its proposal and had its licence revoked by the government.
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