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)