MEED magazine reported that the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy has received two bids for the consultancy contract for the first phase of an integrated water and power plant project in Nuwaiseeb to generate 3,600 megawatts of electricity.

The magazine added, both the Germany-based Fichtner and a consortium called Granada Equipment have submitted bids for the contract, although Fichtner’s bid was deemed acceptable.

The contract stipulates the appointment of a consultant for the project related to the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of gas turbine units, according to the combined cycle system, to generate 3600 megawatts within the first phase of the Nuwaiseeb complex.

The project is expected to be implemented in accordance with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) system, according to a source close to magazine was quoted as saying last September.

The magazine reported that this is the third project being planned in Kuwait along with the North Al-Zour 2 and 3 Independent Power and Water Project and the Al-Khairan 1 Independent Power and Water Project, which are being offered as a single contract, in addition to generating 3,500 megawatts within the next phases of the Shaqaya Renewable Energy Project.

On the other hand, MEED pointed out that the accelerated demand threatens to erode Kuwait’s reserve capacity, as the actual operational production capacity ranges at about 17.5 gigawatts, which is much less than the total installed production capacity of 19 gigawatts, noting that the country is under pressure to expand its capacity to generate electricity in view of the high demand.

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