BORD Gais Eireann, on behalf of Irish Water, has published dozens of tenders seeking expertise in specific areas including payroll, IT, engineering, metering and plant hire.
While the vast bulk have been open to competition, documents show at least four have been awarded to companies working for Bord Gais. This is because it was considered that the projects would not be delivered on time due to the technical challenges. As such, Bord Gais used a provision in the European Communities (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2007 to award to the existing operator.
The contracts are:
Time Accounting or Human Resources software package
The contract was for a HR and payroll computer system for employees "from recruitment to retirement". When the contract was advertised, Bord Gais Eireann said it considered it would "not be possible" to integrate a new system into its existing processes. Even if possible, a "new build" would not meet a quarter 2 deadline of 2013 to have the system in place. The contract was awarded to CORE Software based in Mitchelstown in Cork in December 2012. The value of the contract was not published.
Inventory management software package
The contract required a system to manage stock, dispatch work orders and collect information from field workers and be in place by quarter 3 last year. It was awarded in December 2012 under the same terms, where it was not possible to integrate a new system into existing processes.
Awarded to Syclo International Limited with an address at Leatherhead in Surrey, the value was not published.
Software package and information systems
The contract was awarded to IBM based in Dublin 4 to produce an Enterprise Asset Management system by quarter 3, 2013. It was awarded in December 2012.
The system, awarded under the same criteria, involved setting out maintenance works required and ongoing management. The value was not published.
Work-order scheduling software package
Awarded in December 2012 to ClickSoftware Europe Ltd, with an address at Burnham Bucks in the UK, the system automatically schedules work orders to staff. It had to be in place by quarter 3, 2013, and was awarded under the same terms. Again, the value was not published.