Kuwait Tenders Second Phase of Az Zour North Power and Desal Plant

30 Apr 2013 - 08:17 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT — The Kuwaiti government on April 25 issued a call for expressions of interest for the second phase of the $1.7 billion USD Az Zour North power and desalination plant.

Kuwait’s Agency for Development Projects and Initiatives set a deadline of June 27 for submissions.

The contract for Az-Zour North Complex Independent Water and Power Producer (IWPP) project involves development, design, engineering, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a facility with a capacity of at least 1,500 megawatts and 102 million gallons per day.

The Ministry of Electricity and Water will purchase the power and water production under a 40-year agreement.

The second phase of the project will be built 100 kilometers south of Kuwait City. The ministry will construct pipelines to bring the supply to the national network.

The project will apply Combined Cycle Gas Turbine technology and an open source desalination technology.

A consortium of France’s GDF Suez, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Kuwaiti partner Abdullah Hamad Al Sagar & Brothers won the contract for the first phase of the project in January.

The plant’s capacity is equal to 12 percent of Kuwait’s installed generation capacity and 23 percent of its installed desalinated water capacity.

The construction of new desalination plants is in line with Kuwait’s efforts to keep pace with the steady increase in demand for drinking water. Back in December, water consumption in the country exceeded production, according to a source in the Ministry of Water and Electricity.

Kuwait’s total drinking water production is 453 million gallons per day. The country’s population hit 3 million in 2010 and is expected to reach 5.5 million in 2025. Per capita consumption of water is 110 gallons per day, almost double the international rate.

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