By Lenie Lectura – May 9, 2018
from Business Mirror
EIGHT companies have expressed interest to operate and maintain the 650-megawatt Malaya Thermal Power Plant (MTPP).
The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp, (PSALM) said three of the eight firms already bought bid documents.
The MTPP is being managed by PSALM through an Operation and Maintenance Service Contract (OMSC). The current operator of the power plant is STX Marine Service Co. Ltd., whose contract will expire on August 24.
The state firm, in charge of privatizing the power assets of the National Power Corp., is bidding out the OMSC. The winning bidder will operate and maintain the power facility for a year.
PSALM said a pre-bid conference was held on May 2 to provide interested bidders the opportunity to clarify any concerns they have on the bidding document, the scope of work and other details relative to the procurement of the OMSC.
To clarify queries from all bidders, PSALM extended the deadline for Submission of Bids to May 30, after which bid opening shall begin at 10:15 a.m.
PSALM said the extension will encourage and provide bidders ample time to secure bid documents at the PSALM office in Diliman, Quezon City, and pay a nonrefundable fee of P50,000. A supplemental bid bulletin will be published in the PSALM web site and sent to interested bidders to officially announce modifications in the bid schedules.
In a published bid invitation, the approved budget for the contract is P264 million.
The OMSC, which will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures, is open to both local and foreign subjects, subject to eligibility conditions provided in the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184, also known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Located in Pililla, Rizal, the MTPP was designated in 2014 as a must-run unit by the Department of Energy. As an MRU, it is compelled to run and provide the needed power supply as deemed necessary to ensure reliability of power supply in the Luzon grid, especially in times of supply shortfall, system security and voltage support.
In 1995 it was rehabilitated by Korea Electric Power Corp. under a 15-year rehabilitate-operate-manage-maintain agreement.