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Opposition questions Hong Kong bidder's late application for 360MW project

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The Parliamentary Opposition has declared it will not accept the outcome of the bidding process for the 360 megawatt project if Energy World International Limited is selected.



The Hong Kong based Company had submitted its bid to the Cabinet after the March 15 deadline.



Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, had reported to parliament that Cabinet had submitted the bid to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for consideration because the proposal was an attractive one.



However, the opposition is demanding answers regarding the acceptance of the late bid from the company.



The Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Gregory Mair says he finds it interesting that Energy World International Limited did not send its bid directly to the OUR.



Mair has also called for specific penalties for electricity theft.



He notes that in countries such as India and Pakistan, laws have been enacted which clearly define the punishment for such theft.



He notes that in India the punishment is up to three years imprisonment and up to five years for repeat offenders.



Mair says he is sure the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) would be willing to finance the fight against electricity theft.



Mair says he is projecting that if electricity theft is eliminated it would result in a five per cent reduction in the cost of electricity to customers.



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