THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (Psalm) Corp. is soliciting bids for the operation and maintenance service contract (OMSC) for the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya Thermal Power Plant Complex (MTPP) in Malaya, Pililla, Rizal.
The contract is good for a year and the state company has approved a budget of P457.3 million, which will be sourced through its 2015 and 2016 corporate operating budgets.
Interested bidders can already purchase a complete set of the bidding documents from PSALM office for P50,000.
Psalm has scheduled a prebid conference on July 17, while submission of bids is set on July 29.
Prospective bidders for the OMSC will be subjected to open competitive bidding procedures using nondiscretionary “pass or fail” criterion in accordance with Republic Act 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
“Through this procurement project, Psalm hopes to ensure the continued maintenance and operation of the MTPP as a security plant for the Luzon grid,” Psalm OIC Lourdes S. Alzona said.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has formally designated the MTPP as a must-run unit (MRU) in order to address any instability or supply deficiency that may occur as a result of sudden unavailability of any of the operating power plants in the grid.
The MTPP is forecast to continue operating as an MRU until its privatization schedule is finalized by the DOE.
The MTPP is being managed by Psalm through an OMSC. The current operator of the power plant is STX Marine Service Co. Ltd. Its contract will expire in September.
STX Marine replaced Salcon Power Corp. after it won last year the bidding for a full-year O&M contract.