Report on LNG project delay misleading — Zacca

Report on LNG project delay misleading — Zacca

Monday, April 30, 2012

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CHAIRMAN of Government's LNG Steering Committee Christopher Zacca has dismissed a media report concerning the delays and cost of the much-touted LNG project.

In a release yesterday, Zacca said the project did not suffer a two-year delay as was reported, neither did it cost taxpapers US$6 million.

"In addition, the publication of an allegation that one of the bidders had submitted more than one option, which certainly was not presented as information to the public at the bid opening ceremony, if found to be true, would be an extremely serious issue as the revealing of confidential information contained in bid documents, other than what was publicly announced at the bid opening ceremony, is a very serious violation of the GOJ Procurement Guidelines and a breach of the confidentiality requirements which each bidder included in their submissions," Zacca said.

The report, he said, threatens "to undermine the legitimate process being undertaken by the GOJ LNG Project to diversify the country's energy mix and bring cheaper energy to Jamaica, and thus endanger a national project which will benefit all Jamaicans by reducing electricity rates and providing a platform for growth and development of industry, in particular the bauxite/alumina industry.

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