Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi, said that the government feels let down by Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratek Zimbabwe Private Limited’s failure to deliver on the Gwanda Solar Project.
Chasi revealed that the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has incurred losses of up to US$50 million because of the delays in implementing the project.
Speaking to State media after visiting the site on Friday, Chasi said:
I can’t explain the level of depression that I’m experiencing right now given the power situation in the country, my expectation was to see some magnificent amount of work.
As a ministry and Government we feel let down and we are now going back to look at this situation.
I know that there has been mitigation and the project owner has won but what I need are megawatts.
I’m also focusing on Zesa itself to understand why there was a delay.
This project started a long time ago and we can’t afford the luxury of taking extended periods of time in project implementation. I need to see a project here generating 100 megawatts as we were promised.
That’s a significant amount of power, right now all I see is firewood and we can’t put firewood in the transmission system of Zesa.
Chasi said the country is exploring opportunities of importing power from other countries.