Puerto Rico gov’t releases shortlists for 3 public-private partnership projects
SAN JUAN – Thirteen consortia were shortlisted in the procurement process for two priority projects and one unsolicited project under the public-private partnership (P3) mechanism, the Puerto Rico government said Friday.
Omar J. Marrero, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A), announced that the three projects are: the optimization of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority’s (Prasa) “metering system and customer experience”; the “transformation of the maritime transportation system” for the ferry service routes between Ceiba and the island-municipalities of Culebra and Vieques, and between San Juan and Cataño, and an “energy storage system” project.
Marrero said the projects went through the required evaluation process.
“After carefully evaluating the proponents, we have selected the candidates that are better qualified to develop these projects. We are very pleased with the renowned consortia that are moving forward in the procurement process given their reputation and their proven level of experience,” Marrero said.
The Prasa metering system and customer service project, which consists of improving efficiency and replacing meters, received responses to the request for qualifications (RFQ) from five proponents, four of which were shortlisted and, on Wednesday, Sept.r 26, were invited to submit their specific proposals. These proponents are BLU WATER Consortium, IBT Group Team, Puerto Rico Advanced Intelligent Metering Services (AIMS), and SUEZ Group.
As for the project that seeks alternatives to provide transportation service currently provided by the Maritime Transportation Authority to the island-municipalities of Vieques and Culebra and between Cataño and San Juan, responses to the RFQ were received from five proponents: Balearia Caribbean Inc., HMS Ferries Inc., Priority Roro Services Inc., Puerto Rico Fast Ferries LLC, and Seastreak LLC.
Meanwhile, for the energy storage project, which will consist of the development and installation of storage systems in several critical substations of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, out of 11 proponents, AES Puerto Rico L.P. and Fluence Energy LLC., Invenergy Storage Development LLC, PowerSecure Inc., and Tesla Inc. were shortlisted.
“We are working on these high impact projects as part of the P3 agenda whose main objective is to transform and revive Puerto Rico’s economy. These P3 projects further the development of infrastructure and are key to continue promoting the economic growth of our island. We are focused and working harder than ever on this objective as it is one of the premises established by Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Puerto Rico is generating unique opportunities as reflected by the market’s interest in the island,” Marrero added.
In addition, the P3A intends to issue requests for proposals in October, inviting the shortlisted consortia to submit specific proposals for the energy storage system and the transformation of the ferry system for the island municipalities, Cataño and San Juan.
More information on these projects is available in the P3A’s website.