Tender for Fourth Bridge Over Canal Suspended

Due to an appeal claim presented by the Astaldi - Daelim Consortium, the suspension has been ordered of the tender act for the design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal, in which Chinese companies obtained the best rating.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

In the qualification process carried out by the tender board, the consortium formed by the companies China State Construction Engineering Corporation LTD and China Railway Group Limited, was the winner of the tender with an economic proposal of $1.42 billion and an overall score of 69,9%.

For its part, the Astaldi - Daelim Consortium obtained a score of 46.6% in the evaluation of the technical proposal, but its economic proposal of $1.211 million was disqualified because it was considered "risky", because the price was outside the acceptance range in relation to the reference price.

See details of the offers submitted.

In the appeal lodged by Astaldi - Daelim, it states that " ... Both in the commission's report, as well as in the development of the selection process for contractors, actions have arisen that are openly contrary to the due process of the tender process and to the request for proposals document of said public act, as well as the unique text of Law 22 of the June 27, 2006 and Executive Decree 366 of December 28, 2006."

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The appeal was received by the General Directorate of Public Procurement, and according to the documentation published in the tender process, it was resolved to admit the appeal case, and the order given to "... a measure to suspend the Act described in the first point of the operative part of this Resolution, and the referral to this address of the conduct report and the file, within the term of two business days ... ".

See information about the tender.

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