GEA puts out tender for electric vehicle charging stations

…pilot project to be rolled out in Regions 3, 4, 6

The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has put out a tender for the supply and delivery of six 22-25 kilowatt (kW) electric vehicle charging stations, as part of a pilot project in Regions Three, Four and Six for commercial use by drivers with electric/hybrid vehicles.

An example of an EV charging station

According to the tender documents, drivers will be required to set up an account beforehand and use a RFID card or smartphone app in order to access the service. It was noted that drivers could be charged either prepaid (price per charging time) or post-paid (cost per energy consumed).
Bidders will be required to submit their bids, together with bid security of 2 per cent of the tendered amount, by May 31, 2022, at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Once the contract is signed, the successful firm will have 120 days to deliver the goods.
GEA made it clear in the contract document that 36 months’ complete system warranty must be applicable from provisional acceptance date. The supplier will also be required to provide at least three years of after sales service locally.
“The supplier warrants all goods supplied under the contract are new, unused, and of the most recent or current models, and that they incorporate all recent improvements in design and materials, unless provided otherwise in the contract,” it was explained.
“The supplier further warrants that all goods supplied under this contract shall have no defect, arising from design, materials or workmanship or from any act or omission of the supplier, that may develop under normal use of the supplied goods in the conditions prevailing in the country of final destination.
According to the GEA, the project will be provided with a six months defects liability period that takes effect from the date possession of the charging stations passes to GEA’s hands. During this period, the supplier will be responsible for any remedial works or even replacements that must be done to the goods.
The project also requires that the contractor submit evidence of their financial ability in the amount of 30 per cent of the bid price. This can be in the form of a bank statement or letter of credit from a commercial bank. A bid security of two per cent of the tendered sum is also required.
Bidders must also submit letters stating whether they have any terminated or abandoned projects on their record, as well as an implementation schedule for the charging stations. Additionally, the successful supplier will be responsible for all applicable taxes, duties and licence taxes.
Recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GEA, Dr Mahender Sharma had promised that in order to create an environment for increased usage of electric vehicles in Guyana, his agency would be establishing a new electric mobility road and six charging stations.
He had shared that there are some 116 electric vehicles in operation in Guyana. Encouraging Guyanese to consider a transition from internal combustion vehicles, he had also lauded the benefit of cheaper operation.
Unlike combustion vehicles, electric vehicles are propelled by electromagnetism and propelled by an electric motor. It is charged using electricity, eliminating oil changes and other features distinct to gasoline or diesel vehicles.
Dr Sharma had expounded that no duty is imposed on the importation of renewable equipment, such as solar panels, wind power generators and others used to generate electricity from renewable energy.
Last year, the GEA informed that Guyana has saved some $488 million in energy costs, with the installation of solar panels on Government buildings across the country over a span of seven years. Some 291 buildings sport the environmentally friendly and cost-effective power generation mechanism. (G3)