The Public-Private Partnership Projects Authority has invited companies to quote their offers for the development contract for the Al-Zour Al-Shamali 2 and 3 and Al-Khiran 1 independent projects for the production of water and energy, saying those interested must submit their proposals on or before August 16, 2022.
According to MEED magazine the Al-Zour North 2 and 3 water and power production plant will integrate the previously planned second and third phases, and will have a generation capacity of 2,700 megawatts and a desalination capacity of 165 million imperial gallons per day, while the Al-Khiran 1 water and power plant will have a generating capacity of 1800 megawatts of energy and a desalination capacity of 125 million gallons per day.
A team made up of UK-based firms Ernst & Young, EY, Atkins and Adelshaw Goddard was awarded an advisory contract for the deal for the two IWPPs in April last year, two months after the Public Private Partnership Projects Authority received approval from the State Audit Office to award the contract.
MEED reported that Kuwait is under pressure to expand its power generation capacity in light of the increasing demand, as reports indicated that the peak energy demand in the country reached a record level of 15.67 GW in July last year. Prior to that period, the country’s peak load had never exceeded 15 GW.
The accelerated demand threatens the country’s spare capacity, as the actual operating capacity is less than the total installed capacity of 19 GW.
The Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy is planning several gas-fired power generation projects, as the tender process is underway for two projects designed to expand the capacity of the Subbiya power complex in the country by 1,150 megawatts.
In April, the ministry received two bids for a consultancy contract for the planned first phase, with a capacity of 3,600 MW, for an integrated water and power plant in Nuwaiseeb.
Last year, the Public-Private Partnership Projects Authority also invited companies to submit bids for an advisory service package for the second and third phases of the Shaqaya Renewable Energy Project.
The two phases are expected to have a capacity of approximately 3,500 MW and, depending on the recommendation of the selected transaction advisory team, can be divided into several packages.