Kuwait aims to begin prequalification for major power projects in 2021

Kuwait aims to begin prequalification for major power projects in 2021

5 Sep 2021

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) is expecting to begin the prequalification process for the Al-Zour North phase 2&3 independent water and power project (WPP) and the Al-Khiran IWPP in the fourth quarter of 2021

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) is expecting to begin the prequalification process for the Al-Zour North phase 2&3 independent water and power project (WPP) and the Al-Khiran IWPP in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Plans to proceed with the projects were revealed by Fadheela al-Hassan, the head of the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), in an interview with Reuters.

For the Al-Zour North 2 & 3 IWPP and Al-Khiran IWPP projects, Al-Hassan said the feasibility studies had been completed and they were in the process of being approved by KAPP’s board. She said she expects the prequalification procedures to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In February this year, KAPP revealed that it had appointed a consortium led by Ernst & Young in February to provide advisory services for the planned Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP and Al-Khiran IWPP projects.

Atkins and Addleshaw Goddard have been appointed as technical and legal advisers respectively.

The thermal power generation Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP is planned to have a capacity of 2,700MW and a water desalination capacity of up to 165 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD).

The Al-Khiran IWPP will have a power generation capacity of 1,800MW and a desalination capacity of 125MIGD. The Al-Khiran site will be located near the Al-Zour site, approximately 100km south of Kuwait City on the Arabian coast.

Kuwait is planning to develop 14GW of additional power capacity over the next 20 years to meet growing demand, with 7.5GW of this to be developed by private sector developers.

Kuwait currently has an installed power generation capacity of about 17GW.

For the Al-Zour North 2 & 3 IWPP and Al-Khiran IWPP projects, Al-Hassan said the feasibility studies had been completed and they were in the process of being approved by KAPP’s board. She said she expects the prequalification procedures to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

To date, Kuwait has developed one power and water cogeneration plant under the IWPP model, the first phase of Al-Zour North, which was commissioned in December 2016.

 

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