Infrastructural challenges in the power and WASH sectors (water, sanitation and hygiene) and the subsequent impact on people’s lives in the Republic of Zimbabwe led the government to seek funding to redress the situation. With support from development partners, the government secured a grant of US$35 M from the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Zim-Fund) – as administered by the African Development Bank – to be allocated for the implementation of the Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (EPIRP).
Acting in the role of Implementing Entity on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe, the Power team from WSP in Africa is providing consultancy and project management services throughout the EPIRP lifecycle: from project scoping, development of technical specifications and tender stage management to design management, construction supervision and final handover.
Dinesh Buldoo, Director Power, WSP in Africa, explains that though a brownfield project, the EPIRP is crucial to improve the reliability of the power sector in Zimbabwe and restore supplies to the 20,000+ customers who have been without stable access to electricity for some time. “As there are a number of components to this project that are ultimately interdependent, this project has been thoroughly planned out and is being implemented in phases to ensure the maximum overall success.”