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Re&Re gains questionable victory in Olaine prison construction project

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy offering a lower price, Re&Re construction company has managed to acquire rights for the construction of Olaine Prison’s Rehabilitation Centre. The building’s project will be developed by Re&Re subsidiaries. One of them, however, does not have access to official secrets.

Because of the aforementioned reason, experts believe Re&Re should not be entrusted this task.

The prison’s construction project contains confidential information. The building’s security system is confidential. This is why it must be allowed to be accessed only by companies that have a security certificate issued by the Constitution Protection Bureau. Re&Re and one of its subsidiaries – NCS LV – have the necessary certificates. However, ARH Studija – the company that will develop the main building – does not have the necessary certificate, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Latvian Economy Ministry, which is responsible for construction regulations, has not yet viewed plans for Olaine Prison. Nevertheless, the institution believes the head of the construction project should have the necessary access.

Several of the interviewed construction workers had noted that they have difficulty imagining how a head of the construction project can perform his work without access to some of the documentation. «If the person responsible for the project does not receive sufficient information [regarding some aspect of the project] he cannot carry full responsibility for the project,» – says Chairman of Latvian Structural Engineers Association Mārtiņš Straume.

The opinion of Economy Ministry was known in advance by the State Procurement Monitoring Bureau, which had reviewed the complaint submitted by Arčers in regard to Re&Re’s victory in November. Nevertheless, the bureau believed the client – Prison Administration – was right in its statement that confidentiality requirements about the security system are to be applied to draughtsmen and builders of the security system, not all people involved in the project.

PA believes there should be stricter access requirements applied to a narrower range of project participants. «We have specialists in PA who have access to official secrets. They will be able to make sure everything is in order with our security system. We do not see any problems,» – says representative of Prison Administration Maris Luste.

Re&Re representatives refused to speak in front of a camera. However, they did provide a written interpretation of construction rules: «A construction manager has the functions of an administrator and coordinator. In specific cases these duties do not require in-depth knowledge of, in this case, the project’s security system.»

Re&Re managed to get ahead of three competitors in the project with its offer to do the job for EUR 4.3 million. In spite of the fact that not all project leads have access to official secrets, Re&Re’s proposal was even more expensive than other companies’ offers. Re&Re’s trump card was the lowest construction costs, according to information from the programme.

The client is nonetheless worried about Re&Re, especially after the tragedy in Zolitude. However, it was not possible to exclude Re&Re from the tender. «I cannot say that this project will be signed easily. We are hostages of the situation. One year has passed. But can we truly say who was responsible for the tragedy? We do not have any legal reasons to exclude the offer proposed by Re&Re,» – says Chief of PA Ilona Spure.

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