Kuwait extends advisory deadline for major IWPP projects

25 Jun 2020
Kuwait extends advisory deadline for major IWPP projects

The Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP is planned to have a power generation capacity of 2,700MW and a water desalination capacity of up to 165 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD), with the Al-Khiran 1 IWPP to produce up to 1,800MW of power and have a water production capacity of 125MIGD

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has extended the bid submission date for advisory bids for the planned Al-Zour North phase 2&3 independent water and power producer (IWPP) and Al-Khiran IWPP projects.

KAPP announced that the deadline has been extended to 23 July, from 25 June, as a result of the lockdown and restriction of movements implemented in Kuwait and other countries as a result of Covid-19.

The Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP is planned to have a power generation capacity of 2,700MW and a water desalination capacity of up to 165 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD). The combined second and third phases will be located adjacent to the Al-Zour 1 IWPP, Kuwait’s only IWPP to date, which was commissioned in 2016.

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’s IWPP programm has suffered a number of setbacks since it awarded the contracts for the country's first IWPP in 2013.

In August 2017, KAPP cancelled the tender for the second planned IWPP at Al-Zour had been cancelled, 14 months after developers had submitted proposals. Following the announcement that it had cancelled the tender for the Al-Zour North 2 IWPP, KAPP revealed it would be integrating plans for the previously planned Al-Zour North 2 and Al-Zour North 3 IWPPS into one project.

In July 2018, KAPP restarted the procurement process for its next planned IWPP projects, inviting developers to submit expression of interest (EOI) for both the Al-Zour North 2&3 and Al-Khiran 1 IWPP schemes.

In December 2018, the client invited consultants to submit proposals for the advisory roles on the Al-Zour North project. KAPP received proposals from three consortiums for the advisory roles on the planned project in April 2019. However, in October 2019 the advisory tender was cancelled.

Kuwait’s public-private partnership (PPP) programme was given a boost in January this year when KAPP signed the final project agreements for the planned $1.6bn Umm al-Hayman wastewater public-private partnership (PPP) project in Kuwait.

The PPP agreement was signed on 23 January between Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works and Umm al-Hayman Company for Wastewater Treatment, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to develop and operate and maintain the wastewater plant.

A consortium of six banks led by Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) and Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) has signed a $650m 26-year loan to finance the construction and operation of the Umm al-Hayman wastewater plant.

The 500,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) plant is being developed by a consortium led by Germany’s Wassertechnik and the local Kuwait International Financial Advisors. The project will be developed so it can be expanded up to 700,000 cm/d in the future.



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