21 April 2017: Eskom
has noted the reports suggesting that it requested a waiver to the elements of
the Standard Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Manual (SIPDM).
can confirm that during the Eskom discussions with National Treasury’s Office
of Chief Procurement Officer on 28th March this year Eskom raised the areas of
the current National Treasury Regulations (under the PFMA and PPPFA) which
might need to be waived for the proposed Nuclear New Build Procurement (NNBP)
process,” says Chief Nuclear Office, Dave Nicholls.
are related to the proposed evaluation criteria, which would include elements
of localisation, the extension of the bid validity from 12 weeks to 2 years,
the requirement for “self-designation” under DTI’s local content regulations as
well as the SIPDM procurement gate 4 (which relates to budget and funding).
need for the waiver on the SIPDM gate 4 was to align the process with the
Cabinet decision for the vendors’ responses to the Request for Proposals to
form the basis of the funding model that had to be submitted to Cabinet by the
Department of Energy (“End of Year Statement” by President Jacob Zuma on 15
December 2016). Therefore the finalisation of the budget and funding issues
would not be possible prior to RFP issue,” Nicholls adds.
other issue that was discussed was the review of the “feasibility study” that
is a requirement of SIPDM. “The SIPDM came into force on the 1 July 2016, and
predates the work done by Eskom on the feasibility of new nuclear power
stations as well as the Gazetted IRP of 2010. There was discussion of the
need to confirm that the work done to date met the objective criteria of the
requirements of the SIPDM,” Nicholls adds.
remains committed to conduct the NNBP in an open and transparent manner to the
best interests of South Africa,” concludes Nicholls.