Monrovia – April 8, 2015
The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has on April 8, 2015, signed a contract with the Joint Venture of Pan African Engineering Group, Sigma Group Inc., and Mamba Point Hotel (collectively PSM-JV), for Contract #5 of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project. Contract #5 is for Camp Construction Works and Provision of Camp Services. Pan African Engineering Group is a wholly Liberian owned and registered architectural and engineering consulting firm. Sigma Group is a Liberia-based construction and construction materials manufacturing firm, and Mamba Point Hotel is a Liberia-based hospitality, food and catering company.
Contract #5 includes construction of camp accommodation and office facilities for the workers on the Mt. Coffee Project, with all corresponding infrastructure; provision of the camp services such as site security, power, water, wastewater, catering, housekeeping, communication, and waste disposal; maintenance of the existing structures; maintenance of the access roads to the site and camp; and some geotechnical and early civil works in preparation for the Main Civil Works Contractor.
PSM-JV was awarded the contract following an international competitive bidding process. The procurement process included an initial qualification of bidders, a process which selects the best potential contractors based on demonstrated technical experience, financial capacity, and qualified personnel. The qualified bidders are then invited to submit full technical and financial proposals. Based on criteria included in the bidding documents, PSM-JV’s proposal was judged to be the most responsive and of best value to the project.
The work is anticipated to begin next month, in May 2015, in preparation for the mobilization or re-mobilization of project contractors beginning in June. The launch of Contract #5 has been part of the critical path for the Mt. Coffee project, which, when procurement is finalized, will be made up of six (6) major construction contracts that are interdependent and require careful synchronization by the Owner’s Engineer and Mt. Coffee PIU to maintain the project’s fast-track schedule. LEC is pleased that the contract has been signed as it represents an important step in maintaining the post-Ebola schedule for the project.
Off-site work under existing contracts has proceeded according to schedule, with manufacturing of 80% of the generating equipment for the first three turbines having been completed by Voith, and good progress in manufacturing of the hydraulic steelworks equipment underway by Andritz. Design and engineering work by NCC (substations) is on schedule.
LEC is gearing up to sign both the Transmission Lines Contract and the Main Civil Works Contract in the near term, which will complete the main procurement activities for the project. The final contract to be signed will be the Operation, Maintenance and Capacity Building Services Contract, which is anticipated to be awarded in late 2015.