Sri-Lanka firm wants power tender halted
A Sri-Lankan company has moved to court to stop the signing of a Sh3.5 billion hydropower tender.
Hydropower International Limited, in a certificate of urgency, alleges the award of the tender to Boom Systems Limited and VS Hydro Limited was marred by inconsistencies and obtained through fraud. The tender is for construction of the proposed Chemosit, Kipsinoi and Rupingazi small hydropower projects.
Through lawyer Philip Nyachoti, the company says it applied for prequalification on September 29 last year and was among 14 other contractors. It says it tendered its proposals for prequalification with Booms Systems and it was one of the nine companies that were prequalified and could proceed to the technical and financial evaluation stage.
However, on July 5, when the prequalified EPC contractors returned their technical and financial bids, Booms Systems, in disregard of procurement laws, procedures and the guidelines governing the tender application process, dropped its prequalified partner — Hadish Engineering Company Limited — and introduced and brought into the tender process VS Hydro Limited, an entity that had not been prequalified either alone or jointly with Booms Systems Limited at the initial stage. Hydropower says Boom Systems and VS Hydro Limited underquoted their bid to its disadvantage.