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AUDIO: Political analyst demands that Paulwell explain changes to EWI licence

Published:Thursday | May 1, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Political analyst Dr Paul Ashley is demanding that Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell explain why he made significant changes to the licence issued to Energy World International (EWI) to construct the energy plant in Jamaica.

According to Ashley the concerns about the role of the Energy Minister in the procurement process and the changes to the licence cannot be ignored.

He also says neither the Jamaica Labour Party nor People’s National Party administration has not done a good job in ensuring that large investors know the rules of procurement.

A new round of controversy emerged over the energy project after EWI missed last Friday's deadline to pay over a performance bond.

The Office of Utilities Regulation has published on it website the licence it recommended and the amended version that Paulwell issued to EWI on April 14.

The documents have revealed that Energy Minister removed several of the controls put in place by the OUR including requirements for the company to provide audited financial statements within specified periods.

The licence issued by Paulwell also struck out the OUR's requirement for EWI to inform that it is a liability company registered in the British Virgin Island.

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