BVIEC officials opening the tenders on August 13, 2012.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News
Three companies have submitted bids to the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) for the supply of diesel, lubricants and gasoline for the period August 31, 2012 to September 1, 2013.
The bids were publicly opened in the O'Neal Webster conference room at Simmonds Building this morning, August 13.
This year, the BVIEC invited companies to bid separately for the supply of gasoline, which attracted a bid from Huntum's Ghut Service Station, along with bids from Sol and Delta Petroleum.
For the supply of gasoline, the Huntum's Ghut station submitted a bid totalling $270,000; Delta, $245,232; and Sol, 283,180.
Sol and Delta were the only two bids submitted for the supply of diesel and lubricants. Sol's bid in this area totalled $79,178,691.20, while Delta's bid totalled $76,858,669.50 of which $997,985 is for lubricants.
Last year, the BVIEC inked a $65M contract with Delta Petroleum for the supply and delivery of low sulphur diesel fuel/premium gasoline for the period September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012.
General Manager of the BVIEC, Leroy Abraham said that all the tenders will be analysed in the coming weeks to ensure that they comply with the tender specifications issued by the electricity corporation in terms of quality and in reference to pricing, which is a major factor that is considered.
Asked about questions raised over the process, Abraham assured that the process has always been transparent.
"I would like to say that the process has always been done fairly; this time is no different from any other time before. This time around we are going to do the very same things that we've done before. We publicly opened the tender; everyone is aware of the figures; they are going to be analysed and at that point in stage when the contracts are awarded, then the public will be aware who the successful tenders are. Price being one of them also, the specifications that we have requested in the tender documents in terms of product quality is also a major factor in terms of the successful tender being awarded. It has been a very transparent process and we have always tried to maintain it as a transparent process," Abraham stated.
Abraham shared that the current contracts with Delta and Sol expire on August 31.
As it relates to fuel consumption, the BVIEC General Manager stated from 2010, the BVIEC has seen a moderate growth in demand. He said presently, the demand is just fewer than 31 megawatts.
Sol's Country Manager, Deborah Benjamin and Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum, Bevis Sylvester were present to witness the opening of the tender documents.
Sylvester declined to comment at this stage, but Benjamin pointed BVI Platinum News to the BVIEC Chairman's comments about the factors that the corporation will look at before awarding a contract.
"We feel confident that we have gone in as we always have with a very successful bid with all of the conditions being met as required by the tender and we will await the decision of the corporation...I knew that there was an independent tenderer this time around an independent gas station due to the fact that they have opened up the tendering process and separated the gasoline tenders from the diesel and lubricating oil which is all well and good. Competition is always a good thing for the public. The more tenderers that they are the better a decision can be made," Benjamin stated.