Zim Govt in US$300 million waste management deal

Pomona dumpsite in Harare. Image Courtesy of The Herald

FOLLOWING the need to augment the current power shortages the nation is facing, while protecting the environment, cabinet yesterday revealed a US$ 345 million waste management deal that will also generate power set to feed into the national grid.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa yesterday told journalists during a post cabinet meeting briefing that government had approved the joint venture deal that will see the establishment of the Pomona waste management facility and waste-to-energy project.

“Cabinet considered and approved the joint venture agreement for the Design, Build, Operate and Transfer for the waste management facility and waste-to-energy plant project between the City of Harare and Geogenix B.V….,” she said.

According to the deal, Geogenix B.V will invest an equivalent of about US$345million to design, build, operate and transfer a waste management facility and waste to energy 16-22MW plant at Pomona in Harare. The energy generated from the plant will be introduced into the national grid.

Minister Mutsvangwa added that the project will be managed and operated by the investor for thirty years before being transferred to the City of Harare.

In light of this development, Government also encouraged other local authorities to consider like projects in their respective areas in order to ensure environmentally friendly waste management.

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