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ZETDC will spend $20 million on infrastructure rehabilitation

Golden Sibanda Senior Business Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company will spend about $20 million under the second phase of its key infrastructure rehabilitation programme.

The second phase is divided in two parts with $12,6 million expected to be spent on distribution and transmission infrastructure in the first stage and $7,5 million on transmission in the second.

Managing director Mr Julian Chinembiri said that work has already started on the tenders for the programme, however adding it was not clear yet when the work on the programme would start.

“Phase one was completed and we are going to phase two, which is divided into two parts. Part A will focus on distribution and transmission and part B transmission only,” he said.

Mr Chinembiri said on Friday that the power infrastructure programme was being funded by the African Development Bank under a multi-donor trust fund known as ZimFund.

ZimFund is a short to medium-term infrastructure development programme to support economic recovery by improving the quality of life of people in Zimbabwe, particularly the poor.

It is a major collaborative effort between members of the international donor community (Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), the Government of Zimbabwe, and the African Development Bank Group.

The programme is designed to rehabilitate infrastructure and restore basic services in water and sanitation initially in six municipalities (Harare, Chitungwiza, Chegutu, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Mutare) as well as the energy infrastructure throughout the country.

The $125-million fund is administered by the African Development Bank, with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development as the nominal recipient.

ZimFund provides financial and technical support to economic activities consistent with the recovery priorities of the Government, using a pool of donor resources that are mobilised on the basis of a common understanding of the country’s recovery needs.

Since the grants were approved, the Government has procured the services of two implementing entities, Lahmeyer of Germany and PB Power of South Africa, to oversee management of the programme in water and sanitation and energy sectors, respectively.

After competitive bidding process, works, goods and supply contracts for the water and sanitation project were signed with an Indian firm, Technofab-Gammon JV, and Com.int. SPA, from Italy.

Two sludge removal works were awarded to local contractors, R Davis and Co and Drawcard. Meanwhile, two smaller procurement contracts for the supply of computer hardware and software as well as capacity-building tools are set to be tendered out soon.

Contracts for the energy project have been signed with CHINT Electric Company Ltd of China, Angelique International Limited and The Indure (Pvt) Ltd of India. Four consultancy services contracts have also been concluded with various consulting firms.