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Kuwait's power network is not fit for purpose

Report: huge upgrades required before new projects come online

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The Audit Bureau report found that Kuwait's transmission networks lack the safe capacity to deal with peak loads. (GETTY IMAGES)
The Audit Bureau report found that Kuwait's transmission networks lack the safe capacity to deal with peak loads. (GETTY IMAGES)

Kuwait officials have been warned against new power projects by an audit bureau, after a study found that the transmission networks lack the capacity to deal with the power load.

In a report by the Arab Times, the Audit Bureau said that the Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water has been focusing heavily on the increase in power production, but neglected the capacity of existing infrastructure. It warns that increased load on the distribution network could lead to accidents, breaking down buried and overground cables, and destroying transformers and transmission stations.

The report recommended that the ministry divide its network into three sections in order to increase its power transmission from 275 to 400 kilovolts, before projects like the Subiya and Zour plants come fully online.

 

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