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Az-Zour North power project now 65% complete

The 1,500MW GDF SUEZ-led project on track for June start up.

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Kuwait's $1.4bn Az-Zour North Power plant is expected to begin generating electricity by June this year, according to the consortium responsible for building and operating it.

Shamal Az-Zour Al Oula said that work at the plant, the first independent power and water plant (IPWP) in Kuwait, is currently around 65% complete.

Five of the plant's seven 226MW turbines have already been installed with the last two due to be up and running in June, when it will begin initial generation.

The complex is expected to generate 1,500MW of power and 480,000m3 of desalinated water per day once fully operational by the end of the year.

The power plant is being built by main contractor Hyundai Heavy Industries, while Sidem is responsible for the desalination element.

They are delivering the project on behalf of Shamal Az-Zour Al Oula, which is a joint venture between France's GDF Suez, Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and Kuwait's Abdullah Hamad Al Sagar & Brothers.

They have a deal in place to supply Kuwait's government with electricity and water for 40 years.

The firm said that 4,200 people have worked on its construction, and that by November last year more than 7mn man-hours had been completed at the project without a single accident taking place.

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