BES urges Taipei gov't to ink Twin Towers contract
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Twin Towers development project's second-place bidder, BES Engineering Corp. (BES, 中華工程), yesterday urged the Taipei City Government to contact the firm as soon as possible about signing the contract.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
BES Manager Willie Tsai (蔡維力) said the Taipei City Government earlier in February announced that it will contact the BES to discuss the details of the Twin Towers project contract, however, it has not contacted BES since then.
The now-disqualified bidder, Taipei Gateway International Development Co. (TGID, 太極雙星) in mid-February failed to deposit a required guarantee of NT$1.89 billion and therefore failed to meet the requirements to construct the Twin Towers project.
Tsai said the Taipei City Government told the firm that it will officially contact them to sign the contract once the government finishes drafting an accreditation agreement for BES.
Over the past six months BES has sent two letters to the Taipei City Government, Tsai said, adding that the government has not given any reply. Tsai said BES hopes the city government will consider the public interest and contact the firm as soon as possible.
Tsai said BES has started to design the details of the Twin Towers project, and has been gathering funds for the project construction, noting that the firm is willing to work with the government for the betterment of Taipei.
A team at BES has been preparing for the Twin Towers project for years and has spent a large amount of money on it, Tsai said, noting that the delay to the Twin Towers project will damage the credibility of the firm.
Tsai said the Twin Towers project has been delayed for years, noting that it will take at least three more years to begin the project construction if the Taipei City Government decides to nullify the bid. Tsai added that Taipei citizens cannot wait any longer for the completion of the Twin Towers development project.
When asked by a reporter if the government will nullify the Twin Towers bid, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the government will soon make a final decision on whether to nullify the bid or to inform BES to sign the contract.
Taipei City spokesperson Edward Chang said the government is currently still drafting the accreditation agreement to BES, noting that there are many possibilities in regards to the government's decision over the project.