President, PM urged to halt erroneous award of LNG tender

Published : 10:09 am  June 18, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Ranjan Kasturi
The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to stop a purported move to hand over the tender for the 300 megawatt LNG project to a company that had bid higher than a local one that submitted a lower bid.

 

Issuing a statement, the Movement said the Cabinet paper was to be submitted tomorrow seeking approval for the project which was to be awarded to a Chinese company, ignoring ‘Lakdhanavi’ that made a lower tariff bid.   


It is learnt that the awarding of this contract would cause a loss of Rs. 50 billion to the country due to the tariffs of this supplier being higher. The LNG power plant is proposed to be constructed in Kerawalapitya. It is learnt that even though the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC) and a team of experts wanted the project to be assigned to the local company, the authorities had decided to offer it to the Chinese company instead.    GCL China Company bid Rs.15.97 per unit whereas Lakdhanavi’s bid was 14.98 per unit. The project is meant for the generation of 2500 million units annually.   

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