28 Mar 2017 14:50pm
By Etuna Shikalepo
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) The National Petroleum Corporation (Namcor) has received 19 bids for the transportation and distribution of its petroleum products.
The tender was re-advertised last month and the deadline for application was 24 February.
We are still busy with the evaluating process, Namcors Communications and Public Relations Specialist, Utaara Hoveka told Nampa on Tuesday.
Hoveka said the company is busy consulting Ministry of Finance officials to determine whether the process is within the provisions of the new Procurement Act.
The Act will come into effect on 01 April 2017.
We have thus far been making use of ad hoc transport service providers, he said.
The tender was cancelled in December last year, because around 60 per cent of the companies that applied did not comply with the required specifications, Chairperson of the Namcor Board, Patrick Kauta said last month.
Kauta also told Nampa that none of the companies had drivers who can transport dangerous petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and heavy fuel to Namcor clients around the country.
Five companies were reportedly shortlisted for the tender.
Some of the companies that applied for the tender claimed that the Board cancelled the tender to give Extreme Customs Clearing Services (XCCS) the opportunity to reapply.
XCCS was previously awarded the tender for the fuel transportation and distribution. The three-year contract ended in October 2016 and was extended until the end of the tender process.
XCCS, which belongs to the local businessman Laurentius Julius, also previously applied but did not qualify during the first round of evaluations because it did not meet all the tender requirements.
Julius is one of six businesspeople arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion worth billions of Namibian dollars. All are out on bail.
According to the evaluation document in Nampas possession, Sunrise Investment cc, a joint venture with South African XMoore Transport (for light fuel) and A Van Der Walt Transport (for heavy fuel) were the successful tenderers after the first advertisement of the tender.