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ACEP commends gov’t over AMERI deal ‘probe’

Dr. AminThe Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) said it welcomes the request by John Mahama to PWC to undertake a value for money analysis of the AMERI Deal through financial modeling aimed at providing a guide for ensuring value for money in future negotiations on procurement of power.

Mahama made the assertion during his meet the press session at the Flagstaff House Tuesday.

“Whilst we commend the President for this laudable step in unearthing the problems associated with the AMERI deal, we are of the view that the scope of the work should be expanded to cover the Power Purchase Agreement between ECG and KARPOWER, a different arrangement for procuring power into the country,” ACEP said in a statement.

It added: “This is especially so because our analyses of the KARPOWER deal with ECG reveals another case of poor diligence. Further review of the deal shows that it is worse than a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) arrangement under which AMERI was procured. A typical PPA should have been over 20 years to spread the cost and thereby reduce the burden on consumers, unlike the 10-year deal negotiated for the Karpowership (See annex for key elements in the KARPOWER and AMERI deals).

“We propose that in undertaking this exercise, PWC, will consider the following concerns: 1. Whether the use of BOOT or BOT is cost effective and has value for money in procuring power projects;

2. Whether Government should continue with the policy on promoting IPPs rather than getting involved in the procurement of power plants;

3. Whether such power procurements should be negotiated and signed with VRA, the state owned generator, or the Ministry of Power;

4. Whether in sourcing IPPs it should not be done through competitive bidding;

5. Whether our regulator, PURC, has been conducting due diligence and setting the appropriate benchmarks on PPAs to ensure that consumers are not saddled with higher tariffs, given that PPAs do not require parliamentary approvals.”

“We also think that the reason for this exercise falls short of the requirements of probity and accountability. In our view, the study should also provide relevant information to accountability institutions to investigate the circumstances under which a deal so cloaked with controversies was negotiated for the country; and to punish those found to have exercised such extreme indiscretion and bad faith in negotiating the deal.

“ACEP wishes to express our readiness to appear before the team at PWC to make inputs for its consideration,” the statement signed by its Executive Director Dr Mohammed Amin Adam.

Source:  http://starrfmonline.com/1.8560134

 

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