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 Monday 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 get advice on unforeseen legal issues.
But yesterday, Dr Nigel Clarke, deputy chairman of Mussons Jamaica, said that 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."
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 Clarke, at a press briefing in St Andrew. He called 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."
Clarke was supported by Chris Bicknell, group CEO of Tankweld, who stated that "we cannot afford any further slippage on this."
Efforts to reach the OUR were unsuccessful up to press time.