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MEW allegedly warns CAPT against extension of closing date for Doha West boilers’ tender

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 23: Reliable sources from the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy have warned officials of the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) against continuing to postpone the closing date of the tender for the modernization and development of Doha West boilers, under the pretext of some inquiries it submits from time to time, as this could affect the station boilers’ condition and worsen it, reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources said, “CAPT extended the closure of the tender until March 13, instead of February 6, which is extension No. 16, as the mentioned tender was launched at the request of the ministry on December 20, 2020, which is a year and two months ago.” They indicated that the responsibility for any negative consequences from worsening conditions of the boilers of the station will be on the CAPT officials who refused to close the tender on the closing dates that were set previously.

The sources revealed that “The condition of the boilers in the station is critical and is worsening as a result of the postponement of maintenance work for more than a year, to the extent that the emissions coming out of its incinerators have become a cause for major pollution to the environment. This requires a firm decision to close the tender and avoid extending it, under the pretext of the need for companies to provide clarifications and inquiries, which can be answered within a day or two at the latest.” Also, the sources warned that, “If the ministry officials do not rectify this continuous delay in the closing of the tender, the results may be negative on the boilers’ condition. The ministry will bear the responsibility for the delay. The delay in the date of closing the tender will not be in the interest of the ministry, because the international prices of the raw materials needed to develop the station’s equipment are constantly increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left its effects on all countries of the world, and led to a continuous increase in demand for energy sources and also an increase in the prices of raw materials needed for repair, as well as freight, sea and air transportation costs.” The sources affirmed that the ministry has to carry out a lot of similar maintenance work in its stations, adding that, “If the rest of its tenders for maintenance work are dealt with similar to the aforementioned tender that was submitted more than a year and two months ago, the situation will be catastrophic.”