Sri-Lanka firm wants power ten­der halted

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

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.

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