Tender Dispute May Hamper Transition to Open Electricity Market
The opening of the electricty market has met its first setback - a dispute over the results of a tender for the electronic trading system that will connect suppliers, grid operators and clients.
On Thursday, the Public Procurement Appeals Committee will discuss whether the tender, organized by the national power grid operator Elering, abided by standards or not, reported Äripäev.
The results of the tender were contested by Proekspert AS, which made a joint offer with SAP Estonia, but lost out.
"There is a serious threat that, due to a decision that favors one of the bidders, the process of opening the Estonian energy market could meet painstaking obstacles,” said Andres Haavel, CEO of Proekspert.
“It would still be possible to complete the project if Elering took another look at the tender and made a decision based on the criteria that it had originally set, and not those which were later created because it was convenient.”
Haavel challenged Elering for allowing the winning bidder, Tieto, to change deadlines and lower price bids. Others bidders were allegedly not given equal opportunity for negotiation.
Elering Chairman Taavi Veskimägi denied the claims. "The conditions of the tender have not been changed during the course of the procedure,” he said.