By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. has officially started the second round of bidding for Power Barge Nos. 101, 102, 103 and 104 after it published the Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the assets.
The publication came after the PSALM Board approved the rebidding.
“PSALM is committed to ensure the successful privatization of the power barges not only as part of our mandate but also as government’s contribution to stabilizing the power situation in Mindanao where the power barges will eventually be transferred,” said PSALM president and chief executive Emmanuel R. Ledesma Jr.
PSALM will accept Letters of Interest from prospective bidders not later than July 3 at 5 p.m.
For the issuance of the bidding package, PSALM requires interested parties to execute a Confidentiality Agreement and Undertaking and pay a non-refundable participation fee of US$ 3,000 on or before 5 p.m. of July 4 July 2012.
PSALM will conduct a Pre-bid Conference for interested bidders on July 5, 2012 at its Makati City office. This will provide prospective bidders the opportunity to raise their concerns regarding the sale of the barges. Bidders may also provide written comments and suggestions on the draft purchase agreement to improve its terms and conditions pursuant to the instruction of the Department of Energy.
The bidding will be held on Aug. 15, 2012, and bids will be received until 12 noon only. Bid evaluation will immediately follow.
PSALM said that it had the option to enter into a negotiated sale in case the second round of bidding fails.
The first round of bidding for PB Nos. 101-104 was declared a failure after only one bidder submitted a bid prior to the expiration of the submission deadline.
Commissioned in 1981, PB Nos. 101 and 102 are stationed at Bo. Obrero in Iloilo City. PB Nos. 103 and 104, which began operation in 1985, were moored in Botongon, Estancia, Iloilo, and at the Holcim Compound, Ilang, Davao City, respectively. Each power barge has an installed capacity of 32 megawatts.