• Ormeco set to award 15-MW power plant

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    Next week will be crucial for the three power firms competing for the 15-megawatt diesel power plant in Mindoro, since Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ormeco) is expected to announce the winning bidder very soon.

    Audel Arago, president of the Ormeco board, told reporters that it is set to award the contract for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 15-megawatt bunker—fired diesel power plant in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, next week, adding that this is to address the energy demand of its consumers.

    According to him, the Ormeco bidding committee is still evaluating the proposal of the three interested bidders—DMCI Power Corp., Santa Clara Power Corp. consortium and Mindoro Grid Corp.

    “The SBAC [special bids and awards committee]will still evaluate the proposals, and then it will be submitted to the management then to the board. We would like to assure that the bidding will be fair and square,” Arago said.

    The invitation to bid was issued on March 7 and initially, eight bidders showed their interests and paid the participation fee of P350,000. During the opening of bids on June 28, only the three bidders submitted their offers.

    Arago said that all three bidders were found to have issues with their submissions upon initial evaluation by the SBAC. Because of the deviations from the tender documents, the technical review of the bids was put on hold and Santa Clara and Mindoro Grid were given until July 5. Only DMCI was considered provisionally qualified.

    Madelaine B. Miraflor

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