Zamcelco picks highest bidder for supply of 8 generator sets PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:30

A bidder that offered a price that is P84 million more than the price offered by a lone competitor has been awarded by the Bids and Awards Committee of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) for the supply of eight 2-megawatt generators intended to augment power load in Zamboanga City.

A document obtained by Daily Zamboanga Times and Zamboanga Today showed Zamcelco's  Bids and Awards Committee awarded the supply of the eight generators to Camec-JCB, as opposed to Linman Power Inc, its only competitor that submitted a lower bid price.

Camec JCB submitted a bid price of P624-million or P84-million more than Linman Power Inc.'s price quote of P540-million.

In their report, the BAC Technical Working Group recommended Camec-JCB despite its offer of a higher bid price saying that the latter "has the edge" compared to its only competitor.

The Technical Working Group reportedly considered the following factors in coming up with their decision:  The experience of supplier in their particular line of work, the features of the equipment and the accessories of the generator sets being offered, the interconnection facilities, the substation control and other required items such as after sales service warranties, and other additional amenities.

"ZBAC is respectfully recommending that the award be made to CAMEC-JCB for offering a more responsive and advantageous bid for the project,"  the document stated.

In an interview, however, Zamcelco General Manager Engr. George Ledesma pointed out that the ZBAC TWG recommendation to purchase the generators has yet to be approved by the National Electrification Administration, an office under the Department of Energy.

The NEA will also shoulder the expenses for the purchase of the generators based on a package devised by the Department of Energy to help Mindanao cooperatives obtain the much needed supply of electricity for consumers.

"No single centavo will be released to Zamcelco for the payment of the generator set," Ledesma stressed.

Ledesma however admitted that Zamcelco chose the bidder which submitted a higher bid price for being more responsive to the requirements of the electric coop, particularly in providing an entire package suited to their needs.

The winning bidder was reported to have given assurance in the delivery of the unit, installation, supplying the required power and providing a guarranty to the much needed supply.

The bidder was also said to have assured delivery from the construction phase down to operation of the unit for the next two months.

It will be recalled, the purchase of the generators is under a project of the Department of Energy to help Mindanao cooperatives deliver supply of power required by their consumers.

Under the project, the Department of Energy through the National Electrification Administration will provide the funds for the purchase of the generator but has to conform to recommendations by the electric cooperative on the generator set they intend to obtain.

For the first two years of the project, the cooperative will shoulder solely the interest and fuel costs of operating the generator sets.

After two years, the cooperative will then decide whether to return the generator sets, continue its use, or get a portion of the gen sets for continued utilization of the cooperative. -- LJ