Zamcelco prexy explains why highest bidder chosen in 16 gensets purchase PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2014 11:03

In response to City Council resolutions calling on the management and the Board of Directors of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) to explain its recommendation to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the purchase of 16-megawatt generators, Zamcelco Board President Omar Sahi said the bid was awarded to Camel JCB corporation, the highest bidder, because its offer was much better than the lowest bidder in terms of quality and advantage to the cooperative.

Sahi said Camel JCB has passed the Technical Working Group assessment which recommended for the award to NEA.

“They have the entire package compared to Lin Man Power Technology, Inc(lowest bidder).,” Sahi said.

It was learned that some of the packages presented by Camel JCB Corporation include a summary of completed projects and offered a diesel engine for the modular generator sets; it also offered for the distribution of Grid synchronization – a switchgear container having a Deep Sea 8610-8660 control system with VCB Breakers for the switchgear components.

Camel JCB also submitted a checklist complying all the requirements in the bid bulletin and with a warranty of 36 months for the equipment from the invoice date.

Zamcelco sources said the documents submitted by Lin Man Power Technology for eligibility requirements. include generators with engine specification, Perkins Brand with model number 4016-61TRG1/2/3.

On its terms of reference, Lin Man Power Technology did not clearly specify the complete details of the items and the warranty of the said equipment was not specified in the proposal.

These are some of the narrative reports submitted by the Technical Working Groups.

Sahi said the second Council resolution asking NEA to hold in abeyance its decision pending investigation of the City Council will just prolong the schedules of brownouts.

“If there will be almost 10 hours of brownouts in the city, you blame the proponent of that two resolutions,” Sahi said.

The coop president said the so-called P84 million difference between the highest and the lowest bidders will not greatly affect the operation of Zamcelco.

As reported earlier, District 2 Councilor Kim Elago, who is theproponent of the said two resolutions, raised concern that the Zamcelco decision would affect the thousands of member-consumers because the huge amount will be passed on to them.

“The procurement of gensets will be paid by the Department of Energy (DOE), Zamcelco will only pay the interest for two years then possibly no more brownouts,” Sahi explained. — MLF