Kuwait to help support Bahrain grid upgrade
Agreement for $250m support for electrical network project
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has signed an agreement with the Bahraini government that will see Kuwait supporting the development of Bahrain’s power grid. Kuwait News Agency has reported that KFAED will contribute US $250 million in funds, as part of a total project cost of $800 million, that will see Bahrain’s power network boosted over a three year period.
The project includes the installation of land and marine cabling, together with the construction of three relay stations across the country. The scheme is aimed at minimising power outages, as well as helping to connect the Bahraini grid with the GCC-wide network.
Recent reports from Bahrain have been effusive in terms of power output versus peak demand, with one statement from late August suggesting that the country was running at a power surplus. The Al Dur Power and Water scheme – a $2.1 billion scheme inaugurated earlier this year – has bolstered the country’s electricity output by 1,234 MW.