LNG power project: German Envoy concerned about contract to China

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German Ambassador Jorn Rohde expressed concerns about the award of the contract for the execution of the LNG power project in Kerawalapitiya to a higher bidder.

The Cabinet decided on Tuesday to award the contract to a Chinese-led consortium to implement the project. However, the local company ‘Lakdhanavi’ was denied the contract despite it being the lowest bidder.

For Lakdhanavi, German company Siemens AG is the technology provider for execution of power projects.

Commenting on this move, the ambassador said his country had always called for fair and transparent tenders.

“The fact that it was not given to the lowest bidder is of concern to me. This will cost Sri Lankan taxpayers,” he said. He said this tender was mired in controversy, and it was not helpful for Sri Lanka as a place for investment.

He said the government had decided to award this contract to a higher bidder despite rational pricing quoted by the lowest bidder.  (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Sunil Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:05 AM

    Quite rightly so, your excellency. Transparency and integrity has no place in Sri Lanka.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:38 AM

    The lowest bidder is not a must. But it should be the most qualified. And the German Siemens Company is the oldest and most experienced company to build power plants. You can run this plants for the next 100 years. Chinese rubbish will run not more than 10 years.

    lankaboy Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:52 AM

    Jorn, you better learn to master the art of giving bribes in this part of the world.. Lower bidding price is the history after british left..

    Lord pakyam Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:55 AM

    You all instilled a regime with a yahapalanaya label isn't it.

    Observer Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:12 PM

    No, not yahapalanaya anymore. It is called demo-crazy.

    Appu Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:56 AM

    China can help without expecting any benifits.But European countries will do everything with expectations. At last they will ask to change the culture and religion

    sachith Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:57 AM

    Cleaver,Clean Ravi is the minister, what else to expect.

    RP Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:59 AM

    We are all concerned as to why China keep winning the tenders?Siemens is a worldwide leader in technology and pushing it aside and giving to Chinese?

    lkboy Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:59 AM

    What a shame!

    BSP Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:43 PM

    Lord pakyam Rightly or wrongly Yahapalanaya was installed by us not by anyone else.

    Keeraipidi Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:18 PM

    Sri Lanka has fallen into the money trap of China, the Zimbabwean OP leader warns, I read in the DM. So these biddings do always have preset outcomes despite the name, quality and abilities of a/the company bidding lower.

    Sen Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:30 PM

    Ravi the crook is the minister in charge,he won't do anything without personal gain

    Asrar Friday, 15 February 2019 02:09 PM

    Seimens should start a department to pay brib to local politicians, lack of that department May be the reason your not qualified to do this job


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