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Kuwait names successful bidder for first IWPP

GDF SUEZ-led consortium to work on 1,500MW project

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When finished, the new IWPP will significantly boost Kuwait's generating capacity. (GETTY IMAGES)
When finished, the new IWPP will significantly boost Kuwait's generating capacity. (GETTY IMAGES)

GDF Suez has announced that its consortium with Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Kuwait’s Abdullah Hamad Al Sagar & Brothers has been nominated ‘successful bidder’ for the Az Zour North IWPP in Kuwait.

The project, awarded by Kuwait’s State’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), will see the group take on the construction and operation of a gas fired combined cycle power plant of at least 1,500 MW. The associated water desalination plant will have a planned daily output of between 102 and 107 MIGD.

“I would like to thank the Partnerships Technical Bureau for the constructive and cooperative negotiations that have led to the award of the Az Zour North project to our consortium. GDF SUEZ is proud to be the first international investor in private power and water development in Kuwait and to partner with the PTB to develop quality infrastructure for the people of Kuwait,” said CEO and president of GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East, Shankar Krishamoorthy.

When finished, Az Zour will account for around 12% of Kuwait’s installed generation capacity, together with 23% of its total desalination capacity. All output is being purchased by the country’s Ministry of Electricity and Water under a 40-year Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement.

Operations at the plant are scheduled to begin in 2015.
 

 

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