(SNO) — Water and Sewerage Company Inc., WASCO, has dismissed claims that it did not conduct a tendering process for the John Compton Dam De-silting Project.
The company made reference to a news interview in which opposition Member of Parliament Dr. Ernest Hiliare reportedly questioned the tender process for the de-silting of the John Compton Dam/Roseau Dam and the condition of the sediment disposal area (SDA).
“WASCO would like to state in no uncertain terms that the de-silting of the John Compton Dam project was done through a competitive bidding process,” it said in a statement.
According to the company, Phase 1 of the project was opened up to only “Local Contractors mainly because WASCO was of the view that since Phase 1 entailed civil works there were several local contractors that had the capacity to construct the SDA and indeed a Local Contractor was a successful competitive bidder”.
“However, Phase 2 was opened to International Competitive Bidding in light of the highly technical skills required for the dredging component of the project,” WASCO’s statement said.
It said the tender process for that phase was subject to oversight by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
“Furthermore, at all times the National Utilities Regulatory Commission was aware of the process to be undertaken by WASCO for the use of the dredging fees for the Dredging of the Dam for Phase 1 and 2,” the statement pointed out.
The company described the statements made as “unfounded and most unfortunate”.
“As a result WASCO would like to publicly proclaim that it has at all times acted within competitive bidding procurement rules and guidelines for the De-silting project and is committed to do all within its power to ensure the successful completion of same.” it said. “These interviews demonstrate that there are particular individuals whose objective is to deliberately disseminate false information. It is advised that in the future these persons should verify the true facts from WASCO before misleading the general public.”