Geogenix BV local representative Delish Nguwaya, left, with President Mnangagwa and Finance Minister Prof Ncube
Below is a timeline summarisation of the events around the Pomona-Geogenix BV US$344million deal according to Harare Council.
The report was submitted to a Full Council meeting on June 1 2022 by the Town Clerk, Engineer Mabhena Phakamile Moyo for noting by the council.
- Council received several project proposals for the Pomona Waste to Energy Project. The proposals came through as unsolicited bids and responses to two (2) requests for expression of interests published by council.
- Two expressions of interests were published first in 2016 and another one in 2019. The 2016 process was cancelled in 2018 after bids became invalid before award. The 2019 processes were concluded and not awarded due to no successful bidders.
- In January/February 2019 Integrated Energy BV submitted a proposal to council and the joint Environmental Management, Business, Finance and Development committees at their meeting of 30 April 2019 resolved that the Town Clerk enters into negotiations with Integrated BV for the development of a Waste to Energy Plant. An agreement could not be reached due to an unacceptable proposed business/financial model.
- In March 2020 Integrated Energy BV resubmitted its proposal to Council. The company proposed to change its model from a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) to Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) Model. Further engagements on the matter were affected by the onset of the Covid- 19 outbreak.
- Integrated Energy BV changed their name to Geogenix BV and advised the City through a letter.
- In January 2021 Council wrote to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works updating the Permanent Secretary on progress Council had made with regards to Waste to Energy Project in the City.
- Summary of engagements in 2021 are as highlighted below;
- The Town Clerk wrote to ZIDA seeking opinion and was responded to.
- On 18 February 2021 the Town Clerk wrote to ZIDA and submitting the preliminary assessment of the Waste to energy proposal
- On 26 February 2021 ZIDA wrote to the Town Clerk and advising on the need for further assessment on the Financial Model.
- On the 4 March 2021, the Town Clerk wrote to the Permanent Secretary of Local Government and Public Works advising on progress with the proposal.
- On the 12 March 2021 the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works responded to the City acknowledging receipt and recommending guidance by engagement of ZIDA.
- A meeting was then held at the City and was attended by Officials from the City of Harare, ZIDA, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Local Government and Public Works that deliberated on the proposal. Recommendations from the meeting were documented and consolidated by ZIDA and submitted to Cabinet Committee on Joint Ventures.
- On 9 June 2021 the MLGPW wrote to the City of Harare bringing to the attention of the Acting Town Clerk decisions of the Seventh Cabinet Meeting of 2021.
- On 15 June 2021 ZIDA wrote to the City of Harare advising and inviting the Acting Town Clerk of a meeting with the delegation of Geogenix BV in Harare in June 2021.
- The Acting Town Clerk had a meeting with the delegation of Geogenix together with officials from MLGPW and ZIDA during the period the delegation was in Harare.
- City of Harare then signed and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Geogenix BV in July 2021 (attached).
- The MoU was required to allow for further engagements between the parties including but not limited to:
9.1. Execution of a Bankable feasibility study.
9.2. Due diligence on Geogenix BV then a potential partner.
- Due diligence on Geogenix BV was conducted in September 2021 (See attached Due Diligence Report on Geogenix B. V.).
- City of Harare floated a tender between October and November 2021 to engage potential Consultants, to execute a Bankable Feasibility Study through restricted bidding and it was not successful.
- City of Harare then directly engaged another possible Consultant as per MOLGPW recommendation (letter attached) to execute a Bankable Feasibility Study and again it was not successful.
- During the course of trying to engage the Consultants, a meeting was held at OPC, chaired by Deputy Chief Secretary responsible for Special Infrastructure Projects, Eng. A Marawa (appointed by Cabinet to chair the Waste to energy project). In attendance was the OPC, CoH and ZIDA officials. From the meeting, CoH was advised that there was no need for a bankable feasibility study.
- In December 2021, Cabinet directed Chairperson of the steering committee Eng. A Marawa to proceed with negotiations on the implementation of the Project (attached memo).
- Geogenix BV was invited and confirmed availability for negotiations through the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works (MoLGPW) to finalise on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). (correspondence attached).
- Before the contract negotiations, two preparatory meetings were held, being chaired by Deputy Chief Secretary. In attendance was representatives from OPC, MOLGPW, and Attorney General’s office, ZIDA, COH, MOFED and ZESA (minutes attached).
- ln January 2022, the team referenced in 5.14 engaged in Contract Negotiations with Geogenix BV. (Contract Negotiation Documents attached).
- City of Harare signed and entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Geogenix BV on 8 March 2022. (see attached MoA).
- The Waste to Energy Project Sovereign Guarantee and National Project status was signed and awarded respectively after signing of the MoA between March and April 2022.
- City of Harare did official site handover to Geogenix BV Project Company Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd on the 28th of April 2022. This was after signing of the Joint Statement on the 27th of April 2022.
- City of Harare and Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd agreed to jointly operate the site until the 20th of May 2022, after which Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd will fully take over the site.
- On 12 May 2022 City of Harare wrote to the Permanent Secretary of the MOLGPW advising on the status of the Pomona Waste to Energy Project.