THE PSD parliamentary group questioned the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition about a contract between REN and China's Hengtong Optic-Electric, worth 47 million euros. The PSD wants to know if the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition was aware of the contract between REN and the Chinese company Hengtong Optic-Electric, by direct agreement, or whether it was aware from the outset of a public tender and consultation. prior to several entities.
In the question sent on Wednesday to the ministry led by Matos Fernandes, to which Lusa had access, the PSD recalls that, in September 2019, it was made public that REN – Redes Energéticos Nacional contracted directly to Chinese company Hengtong Optic -Electric to build a very high-voltage submarine cable to allow the connection to the electricity grid of the first national offshore wind farm (Windfloat), in a pilot zone in Viana do Castelo.
The parliamentary group goes on to state that REN initially justified the use of direct settlement with a clause that had been repealed in the Public Procurement Code, and later indicated that the classification of the contract as direct adjustment was a “lapse in internal services”.
The PSD says that REN then stated that Hengtong's choice was preceded by a public tender and prior consultation with several entities, in which REN claims to have found that Hengtong's bid was 10 million euros cheaper than second best offer.
The PSD parliamentary group also wants to know what terms and deadlines were in force in the international tender and how many companies competed, if the announced EU funds of 30 million euro for REN for the construction of a very high voltage submarine cable will be fully used by the Chinese company Hengtong Optic-Electric.
The PSD also asks the Ministry of the Environment what is REN's criterion to consult previously with companies specialized in the sea area and what is HengTong's experience for this purpose. REN's largest shareholder is the state-owned Chinese company State Grid of China.