A BC Hydro Corp. subsidiary hasn't given engineering firms and consultants enough time to bid on five contracts worth up to $200,000 each, according to a potential proponent. The requests for proposals for those contracts - which are connected to an alternative energy study Powertech Labs Inc. is doing for a Brunei - were posted on July 30. That was just before the B.C. Day long weekend. As a result, one company has informed Powertech it "only became aware of the RFPs on Tuesday August 3. With the proposal due date of Aug 9, there is very little time available to prepare proposals. Would it be possible to get an extension of at least 2-3 days?"
The response: "We will consider extending the due date as a last resort if we do not receive sufficient responses to allow us to determine a winning bid. The tight timeline is a flow down from Powertech's client. If it helps, you can email us the proposals by the due date and time and send us the hardcopies by Aug 11."
As we reported last week, Powertech officially signed the contract to conduct the aforementioned study on June 14 - 57 days ago.