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Court Battle Stalls 100MW Gwanda Solar Project

The long-awaited 100MW Gwanda Solar Project remains in limbo in the wake of the continuing legal battle between the contractor, Intratrek Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).
The project has courted controversy over the last few years after Intratrek Zimbabwe owned by Harare businessman Mr Wicknel Chivhayo, failed to deliver within the agreed timelines citing failure by the power utility to fulfil certain obligations.
Last year, Cabinet approved the revised implementation plan for the project that commits to deliver the first 10MW and 90MW by year 2022 after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions.
Despite this proposed working plan to fast-track the implementation of the project, further action is dependent on pending court outcome, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Dr Gloria Magombo, said.
“Gwanda Solar project is on a standstill. The project effectively did not progress

into actual power plant units’ installation as the employer (ZPC) terminated the EPC contract on basis of failure to timeously complete pre-commencement works,” said Dr Magombo in a recent interview.
“The project is faced with legal challenges as the contractor is challenging the employer’s termination of the contract. Further action on the project awaits outcome of the court processes.
“At the moment all I can say is that Zesa management is studying the latest court decision with regards to some of the issues, which were related to abuse of funds related to the project.
“So, we’ve left that to management to then advise the Government in terms of how to proceed.” *Chronicle*
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