The second phase of the EPIRP commenced in 2014 and was executed in a staged approach. It was designed to further the benefit of the Phase 1 interventions by focusing on the rehabilitation of the sub-transmission and distribution network owned by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).
“The ultimate aim of this phase was to improve reliability of power supply to consumers. However, given the scope of this phase and the number of components involved, execution took place in two execution stages,” says Buldoo. “The first part is completed, and we are now working on the sub-projects of the second stage with the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. This is planned for completion by the first quarter of 2020.”
Buldoo indicates that close collaboration among multiple parties was integral to bringing the EPIRP to a successful closure. “We had a team of experts – from engineers, to project managers, accountants and environmentalists - actively involved with varying aspects of this project. Our team members also continue to work closely with sub-consultants, the EPC contractor and numerous other stakeholders, including but not limited to representatives from the Zim-Fund, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, the Zimbabwe Power Company, and Crown Agents – who all have a shared vested interest in this project.”
“Working on such a high-profile project that can have a direct and lasting impact on people’s lives, and on the economic and social development of a country is a great honour. Everyone involved has shown ingenuity and dedication to working towards the same end goal. We are very proud of our involvement and contribution to this project,” concludes Buldoo.