BAM says State tender went to late bidder
A COMPANY involved in public/private partnerships has brought a High Court challenge over a decision to award a major contract to a firm which allegedly submitted its tender after the appointed deadline.
BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie UA has taken the case against the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and the Minister for Education and Skills over what a judge described as a case with "real significance in cash terms".
BAM PPP is involved building schools, courthouses, roads and other infrastructural projects.
It was part of a bid that pre-qualified in April 2014 at "invitation to negotiate" stage for a Department of Education contract. The others were Eriguena and Kajima.
Final tenders were to be submitted by 5pm on November 28, 2014. On February 27 last, BAM claims it was informed by the NTMA that Eriguena's tender had been accepted - even though it says it was submitted after the 5pm deadline.
BAM says it was the only party to submit a completed tender by the deadline.
Mr Justice Max Barrett ruled BAM is entitled to disclosure of documents for its case, which continues.