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Zimbabwe awards tender for 30MW hydro plant

Only six out of eighty four bidders were successful in completing and submitting their bids

In Zimbabwe, the State Procurement Board (SPB) has awarded a consortium led by Intratrek Zimbabwe, the tender for the construction of the 30MW Gairezi hydro power station, which is expected to be completed between 25 and 35 months.

Sources told The Herald Business that the tender was awarded to the lowest bidder at a cost of $128 million.

The source said: “The SPB awarded the Gairezi hydro project tender to Intratrek, Bharat Heavy Equipment Limited and Angelique Consortium, but it must be clear that this was because the tender had to be awarded to the lowest bidder to specification, which in this case was Intratrek.”

The tender was first issued in August 2014 and finally reached closure in June 2015.

Zimbabwe: State generation Company

The state-owned power company, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), was granted a licence for the project last year and feasibility studies for the project have been concluded.

According to The Herald Business, ZESA’s power generation unit suggested to build the the Gairezi Mini Hydro Power Plant on Gairezi River.

Intratrek managing director, Wicknell Chivhayo on Wednesday in an interview: “With my vision to alleviate the current power deficit before 2018, the success of this project is inevitable at all costs.”

Tender submissions

There was a total of 84 interested bidders of which only six succeeded in submitting their bids. Bidders were asked to submit supporting documentation that not only proved their ability to carry out the task at hand but to show credible funding options available to them.

Media reported that submissions were received from Pito Investments, China Gezhouba/Chongqing Turbines Consortium, Intratrek Zimbabwe, BHEL (India) and Angelique (India) Consortium, Helcraw Investments, Sino Hydro and China State Construction/Dongfang.

“After the first round of judging, the bids by China Gezhouba ($165m), China State Construction ($142m) and Intratrek Zimbabwe Limited, BHEL, Angelique Consortium ($128m) were adjudged under SPB resolution PBR 0963 dated August 27 2015 to be compliant and proceeded to the second round,” The Herald Business reported.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.