The Presidential Energy Emergency Task Force chairman, Dr Lancelot Lake, has said “we are committed to meet, if not exceed, the ambitious time table set out for the commissioning of the proposed rental 15 mega watts generation by 20th December 2007.
This was disclosed yesterday at the opening of tender documents in respect of the proposed rental of the 15 mega watts generator capacity at the Kingtom Power Station in Freetown.
Addressing a cross section of bidders, the chairman revealed that on October 5 President Ernest Koroma emphasized the urgent need for energy during his speech in the well of parliament.
He added that, “we are challenged to ensure that these services under this tender will be commissioned by His Excellency on December 20, adding that the project had been funded by the World Bank.
Dr Lake maintained that by December 20, the 15 mega watts generator would provide electricity supply for Freetown.
The chairman informed bidders that the bid documents had been structured in a manner that would allow minimal negotiation with whosoever would turn out to be the potential bidder. “It is anticipated that the power purchase and the government support agreements will be finalized and signed by close of business on November 7th,” he said.
The bids were opened before the 12 bidders and two of the bids, which did not meet the bidding requirements, were withdrawn. However at the end of the ceremony, Dr Lake said due to the emergency nature of the procurement, the government of Sierra Leone with the concurrence of the World Bank would speedily evaluate the bids that would not only be transparent and fair, but would also be in compliance with the procurement guidelines of the World Bank and the requirements of the Sierra Leone National Public Procurement Act.