Vetting for power projects

Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma said his ministry would soon start vetting bids of companies eager to finance the $1, 6 billion power projects that ZESA is planning to roll out at Hwange and Kariba.

Elton Mangoma
Elton Mangoma

In an interview, Mangoma said the tender process for the two projects closed last week.

“There were 15 firms who showed interest in the Kariba project while 11 submitted for the Hwange project. We will begin evaluating the bids soon, and I also understand that there are a number of foreign investors who have shown interest,” he said.

“I cannot give timelines as to when the government will award the tender, but we are starting the evaluation soon.”

The expansion of the Hwange and Kariba South power plants will affect new units seven and eight. Zimbabwe requires 2 000 Megawatts per day, but current output stands at an average of 1 200 megawatts, leaving a shortfall which has to be imported.

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