Bidding phase for controversial 180 mw power plant project now closed

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Guam – Guam Power Authority spokesperson Patti Long-Diego says GPA has closed its bidding for the new power plant in Dededo and those bids are currently going through the vetting process.

The bid called for not only interest in building the power plant, but asked bidders to put in their qualifications to take on the task.

The bidding process was closed on Thursday, and this morning on the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, Long-Diego said 18 bidders expressed interest.

“All of that is still being reviewed and shortly they’ll come to the list and there’ll be discussions about that. Awarding who will build the power plant will come later towards the end of the year,” said Long-Diego.

Long-Diego says the project has multiple moving parts, including getting the necessary clearance on the land on which it’s to be built.

“We are still undergoing the land rezoning process and it was already introduced by Senator Tom Ada. It’s to be heard by the 34th Guam Legislature and there are some steps involved in the land itself,” she explained.

Upon completion, GPA says the new Dededo Power Plant will inject 180 megawatts into the island’s power grid and would replace the two power plants in Cabras that were left inoperable by the explosion and fire of August 2015.

A flier from GPA adds that the new power plant would be reliable, quiet, more fuel-efficient, would have clean emissions, allow for fuel diversity and would work well with solar and other renewables.

All this for a price tag of $400 million.

Although she acknowledged the controversy of the power plant’s new site–many, including GRMC, publicly opposed its location which would be located within 500 to 1,000 feet of health care facilities, as well as the Micronesia Mall–Long-Diego said GPA listens to the comments, but has a responsibility to its stakeholders to ensure they’re not behind in the generation curve.

She says with guidance from both the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and the Public Utilities Commission, they’ll move forward with a plan to ultimately benefit the island.

Although the winning bid won’t be awarded until later on in the year, Long-Diego said large scale projects such as this usually takes about 3 to 4 years to complete.