The Office of Public Accountability (OPA) has upheld the Guam Power Authority’s award of its Phase III Renewable Energy Project to ENGIE.
The October 2019 award withstood three separate challenges by a single losing bidder, GlidePath Marianas Operations, Inc., a Chicago-based company that acquired the Dandan solar plant.
Luis F. Birolini, Head of Distributed Renewables for ENGIE North America said, “In its
decision, the Public Auditor confirmed that ENGIE’s bid met the requirements set forth in Guam Power Authority’s Invitation for Bid (IFB) and was the lowest responsive bid for both sites.”
The Public Auditor ruled that “GlidePath’s failure to understand the requirements of the IFB did not affect the ability of any other bidder to correctly understand the requirements of the IFB and submit competing bids that conformed to the IFB’s requirements.’”
ENGIE, an international energy group and global leader in low-carbon energy and services, won the bid for the Phase III projects on the two sites, Naval Base Guam and South Finegayan in October 2019. These systems will deliver around 85GWh of clean dispatchable energy annually and will be tied directly to the utility grid for the people of Guam.
As the low bidder, ENGIE’s system also ensures the highest savings to GPA and the Guam ratepayers. The procurement is the third phase in a series of renewable energy projects by GPA and will include PV (solar) plus battery storage technology that will help power the grid at night.
ENGIE’s design and engineering process for the Phase III project involved technical teams from the U.S., France, India, and Italy, with these design and construction leads meeting multiple times on Guam with the local engineering and construction community in order to submit a proposal utilizing the local workforce here on Guam.
After the initial award to ENGIE, GlidePath filed three appeals, all of which were rejected byGPA. GlidePath subsequently appealed to the Office of the Public Accountability. The GlidePath appeals have delayed the Phase III project by 10 months.
(ENGIE News Release)