Kuwait Powers Ahead With CCGT Plans After Projects Hiatus

Kuwait plans to award two major power and water projects as public-private partnerships. The plants will further boost Kuwait’s reliance on gas imports.

Kuwait is ready to get power plant project developments back on track after a hiatus due to the fractious relationship between the government and parliament ( MEES, 8 February ).

Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water and the government’s Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) are preparing to tender two independent water and power producer (IWPP) projects with a combined capacity to generate 4.5GW of electricity and desalinate 1.32mn m3/d of seawater.

The projects come after a lull in Kuwait’s power development following the start-up of its first IWPP project, 1.54GW (& 486,000 m3/d)-capacity Az-Zour North-1 in late 2016 ( MEES, 16 December 2016 ).

The electricity ministry had been planning to award the development of Az-Zour North-2 with 1.8GW and 460,000 m3/d capacity. But this was cancelled in mid-2017 after government’s public-private partnerships laws were amended. (CONTINUED - 871 WORDS)

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table Kuwait's Power & Desalination Plants
chart Kuwait Powergen Fuel Consumption: Gas Tops* Liquid Fuels^ For The First Time In Q4 2018