Salini ‘wins Neckartal Dam contract’ in Namibia
Italian dam construction firm, Salini, has been selected by Namibia’s ministry of agriculture to build the Neckartal Dam project near Keetmanshoop. The decision has been made despite the company being ranked second behind the Vinci-Orascom joint venture in the bids evaluated by the ministry. The ministerial tender committee, chaired by Anna Shiweda, recommended Salini, which bid US$312mn, should be appointed to start work on the project
While Salini came second in the overall evaluation, it scored the highest in their technical bid and the company has the best technical knowhow and experienced staff in the construction of dams.
According to The Namibian, the decision would mean that the ministry has fulfilled its wish, having been accused last year of unfairly favouring Impregilo, another Italian company that has now reportedly merged with Salini.
The Vinci-Orascom JV was rumoured to have scored highest in the technical portion during the preliminary stages of the tender evaluation, but were eventually beaten by less than one per cent by Salini.
The third company on the shortlist is the CSC Neckartal Dam JV, which scored the highest in the financial evaluation as it had the lowest bid of US$296mn for the project, while Vinci-Orascom had the highest bid of US$313mn.
Salini scored the worst on the risk evaluation, coming in third at 76.7 per cent, while CSC scored the highest with 87.3 per cent and Vinci-Orascom scored 83.2 per cent.
Salini came second on the social evaluation to Vinci-Orascom, but the agriculture ministry’s tender committee are said to believe that, although the company was second, it fared best in terms of money to be spent in Namibia and also gained favour for its planned use of Namibian subcontractors.
Neckartal will be the largest dam in Namibia.
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Source: African Review