Govt to engage engineering consultants for Gwanda solar project


GOVERNMENT seeks to engage engineering consultants as technical advisers on the construction of two solar power stations in Gwanda and Munyati.


The projects will generate 100 megawatts (MW) each.

Last year, Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratrek Zimbabwe and its Chinese partners Chint Electric won the engineering, procurement and construction deal for the Gwanda project at a cost of $202 million.
Chinese firm ZTE won the bid to build the Munyati solar station.

In a latest Government Gazette, the State Procurement Board said the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) wanted to engage an engineering consultant for the Gwanda solar project. It said the conference date was March 18 and interested companies have up to April 26 to submit their bids.

The conference date for the Munyati solar project is March 22 and bids have to be submitted by 10 am on May 10.

Government, through ZPC, is embarking on a number of projects to have more alternative sources of power in the wake of the underperformance of the Kariba Power Station due to low water levels.

This saw ZPC requesting bids for the construction of solar stations in Gwanda, Munyati and Insukamini. A Chinese firm Metallurgical 17 won the bid to construct the Insukamini power station.

A feasibility study done by Shanghai Electric Power Design Institute (SEPD) last year showed that it was economical to run solar power stations in Zimbabwe. The study showed that Zimbabwe has a total radiation of sunshine between 2 500 and 4 000 hours.


  1. This is nonsense of the worst order. A few months ago, we were told that Chivhayo’s Intratrek won the tender for the Gwanda solar project. Now we are being told Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) wanted to engage an engineering consultant for the Gwanda solar project. The questions to ask include: if Chivhayo’s company won the tender for developing the Gwanda solar project, why is ZPC looking for consultants? Is ZPC in the employment of Intratrek? This story is either incomplete or was compiled by a journalist who was paid to write anything about Chivhayo and Intratrek…otherwise hapana nyaya apa and this project won’t go anywhere. Three years from now, the story will be the same…watch this space.

  2. Wehn you construct a building, u need an architect, consulting engineers, and project managers, all independent parties. Its the same here. ZPC needs independent consulting engineers to review Chivhayo’s work. There is lots of money at stake

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