munyati power station
The 60 year old power plant will be upgraded to 100MW generation capacity

In Zimbabwe, the State Procurement Board has awarded a contract to Indian firm Jaguar Overseas Limited (JOL), for the restoration of the Munyati Power Station.

The tender, which was finalised last week, called for interested bidders to upgrade the plant's generation capacity from its current 19MW output to 100MW, The Herald reported.

Out of seven applications, JOL was awarded the contract as it offered the best price of $113 million to rehabilitate the plant.

China shows interest in Munyati power station

The tender, which closed in August 2014, was in search of bidders that had more than five years of experience in similar projects.

Equipped with a stringent list of requirements, the tender stipulated that the project works would include, amongst other things, replacing 15 existing boilers with more advanced technology as well as to refurbish two 50MW steam turbines, The Herald reported.

China had a strong presence in the bidding process and included,  China's State Nuclear Power Plant Design, China National Technical Import Export Corporation, Chinese Shadong Electrical and China Gezhouba Group Corporation.

Continued opportunities

Jaguar Overseas Limited has existing knowledge of the southern African country tender processes, as it was awarded a contract to re-power the Harare Power Station last year.

After winning the tender, JOL owner Manas Agrawal promised to deliver on time, explaining to The Herald that: "We are humbled to receive yet another opportunity to assist Zimbabwe in achieving self sufficiency in the energy sector. We undertake to have this project up and running in the quickest possible time."

Intratrek's board executive chairman, Wilson Manase said: "In line with our slogan of value creation through market leadership, we are leading the way in alleviating Zimbabwe's energy crisis under Zimasset and the 10 Point Plan for Economic growth.

"Our smart partnership with Jaguar Overseas Limited provides a platform for synergies, technology transfer and employment creation. Abundant energy is one of the key deliverables of Zim Asset for 2018 and the current crisis is an albatross on economic recovery."