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OCG cites breaches in LNG bidding

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2011 | 9:50 AM

It appears that the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has uncovered breaches in the selection of Exmar Consortium as the preferred bidder to operate Jamaica’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)project.

Following several complaints last year, the contractor general launched a special investigation into the selection of Exmar Consortium.

The contractor general said the probe is now completed and he has sent copies of his report to the director of public prosecution and the police commissioner for disciplinary or other action.

Copies of the reports have also been sent to the Prime Minister, the energy minister and the attorney general.

The reports have also been sent to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to be table in Parliament as soon as possible.

The contactor general decided to probe the project following allegations of impropriety, irregularity and corruption in the selection of Exmar Consortium as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the LNG project.

The OCG said it was also concerned about the integrity of the procurement activities for the Project.

Reports had indicated that local company, Caribbean LNG (Jamaica) Limited, was part of Exmar Consortium and one of its directors, Ian Moore was also the chairman of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica which was involved in the project.