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Contractor General office dismisses OUR's criticisms of 360MW project report

Published:Monday | September 30, 2013 | 9:45 AM

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG), is dismissing criticisms from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) over the handling of the bidding process for the 360-megawatt project.

In a statement on Friday, the OUR described the OCG’s criticisms as incorrect and unsupported by the requirements of Government policy and the law.

The OUR also argued that the Contractor General's conclusion that the March 15 deadline was a strict termination date for a formal procurement process, is completely erroneous.

However, the OCG, in its response yesterday said it is maintaining its conclusions.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison argued that the OUR’s response only sought to avoid the real issues associated with the 360-megawatt bidding process.

He reiterated that the OCG acted in the national interest when this office did not recommend that the process be aborted given what he called the inappropriate and irregular state of affairs and the poor handling of the project.

The OCG has blamed energy minister Phillip Paulwell for intervening in the process by accepting a late bid from Energy World International (EWI).

In its response on Friday, the OUR contended there is no evidence to support the claim that Paulwell made any request whatsoever of the regulator regarding EWI.

However, the OCG in rejecting the OUR's contention, argued that the regulator's actions circumvented instructions from the National Contracts Commission.


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