ZPC urged to supervise Kariba expansion

  1. Energy and Power Development Minister, Dr. Samuel Undenge visited Kariba Power Station in February where he toured the existing plant and the extension project. 
  2. During the tour, the Minister urged the contractor, Sino Hydro to be mindful of the 2018 deadline on key projects espoused in the Government of Zimbabwe economic blue-print, Zim-Asset. 
  3. Work on the project has started with excavation works on some adits, batchings plants, access roads and water tanks having been completed. Dr. Undene said the power deficit being experienced in the country should end by 2018.
  4. "We need the project to be complete even before the due date but you need to supervise the contractor to ensure that quality standards are met throughout the project, " he said.  Do not leave room for slip-ups.  Signifiacant progress has been made in terms of construction and I am sure we will be able to complete construction before 2017 although the set date is 2018."
  5. ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro said $91 million had been disbursed so far for the extension project, with China Exim Bank having provided $80 million and the remainder coming from ZPC.  "The first drawdown was made on 31 October last year and this paved way for the contractual commencement on November 10 last year," he said.  "This means that $260 million is yet to be discbursed and it is going t o come in tranches."  He also added that as part of indigenisation, they have employed a total of 519 people, with 389 being locals.
  6. Commenting on reports that local parastatals were being duped by Chinese firms, who were charging more than they did in other countries, Eng. Gwariro said that the scope of the work on the project was different, hence, it was impossible to compare the expansion of the $278 million Kariba North Power Station on the Zambian side and Kariba South Power Station.

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