The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) has instructed the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) the permission to address issues hindering the implementation of the Gwanda solar project.
This comes after the Zesa Holdings power generating arm lost a court case in which it sought the termination of the contract with Intratek (the company that won the tender in 2015) over delays in the imlementation.
After losing the court case, ZPC wrote to PRAZ indicating that the new contract was a bit different from the initial one signed in 2015. PRAZ responded:
In light of the issues raised in the aforementioned letter, please note that your entity must be guided by the provisions of the contract between the parties to the agreement in addressing issues at hand.
However, it is important to note that the applicable procurement law would be the repealed Procurement Act because that was the law that was in place at the time of contract signature.
PRAZ also said ZPC has tofind ways on how to proceed with the contract guided by the provisions of the Procurement Act and repealed regulations, together with terms of the contract that is still extant.
Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratek says it wants to implement the project in two phases of 10 megawatts then 90 megawatts.