This Day (Lagos)

18 November 2012

Nigeria: TCN - Power Grid Ready for Talks With FG

Contrary to a claim by the President's aide on Media and Publicity; Dr Reuben Abati that the contract awarded to Canadian power company-Manitoba-to ... ( Resource: Manitoba's Contract Not Cancelled - Jonathan

Power Grid of India which lost the bid to manage Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has expressed its readiness to send a delegation to speak with the Federal Government if the process that led to Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) of Canada is found to be faulty.

The head, corporate planning of Power Grid, Mrs Seema Gupta, told THISDAY in a telephone interview from India yesterday that her company was never informed of why it was disqualified in the process that started in 2011 despite having been adjudged the best in 2006 after submitting its technical and financial bid.

"We applied in 2006 and our technical and financial bid succeeded but was not pursued further by Nigerian Government. In 2011, we also participated in renewed bid but were disqualified without the Nigerian Government giving us any reasons, " she said. Gupta said his company covers, owns and operates about 96,216ckt kilometres of transmission lines and has received commendation from the World Bank for its outstanding works.

She also said Power Grid is the third largest electricity company in the world and handles the whole of India and some other countries.

"We're into new technology and operate with highest voltage. Powergrid achieved unique distinction of being First Power Utility and Second Company in the world to get certified with Integrated Management System (IMS) as per Publicly Available Specification." she said adding that the World Bank gave the company high commendation.

THISDAY had reported that the presidency had cancelled the three-year $23.7 million management contract for TCN through which Manitoba Hydro International was chosen as the preferred bidder by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

But a source in the Ministry of Power said the ministry was yet to receive notification on the cancellation of the contract, but what they understood was that the president had ordered a review of the contract.

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