By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 2 May 2015:
The Audit Bureau has concluded in its 2014 annual report that the cost of the . . .[restrict]contract between US company APR and GECOL was ‘’too high’’.
The contract providing mobile electric generators from August 2013 to July 2014 was put at a gross total of US$ 193 million (LD 247 m).
In comparison, the Audit Bureau noted that the competing offer by UK company Aggreko totaled LD 36.3 million.
The report also made a comparison between the offers made to GECOL by APR’s competitors, Megawatt and Aggreko and concluded that despite Megawatt’s offered annual contract being LD 8.4 million lower, APR’s higher offer was accepted.
APR also came in for criticism for using an extraordinary amount of fuel – supplied free by GECOL – to run their mobile generators compared to consumption by GECOL to generate a single unit of electricity.
The Audit Bureau questioned whether some of this excess fuel estimated at a value of LD 121 million was smuggled in the black market.
GECOL was also criticized for not deducting the cost of the hours during which APR failed to generate power in December 2013 – as allowed for in the contract. [/restrict]