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Kuwait's Azzour North One fires up

Country's first IWPP supplies first megawatt to the national grid.

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Az zour, Kuwait, News

Kuwait’s Azzour North One power and water desalination plant has supplied its first megawatt of power to the national grid.

The operational milestone comes less than 18 months since construction began on the plant and since the contract was signed in December, 2013.

Azzour North One power and water desalination plant is the first in the country to be developed under the Independent Power and Water Project (IWPP) law.

Early power is planned to be generated this summer, though construction on the $1.4bn plant will continue and is expected to complete in 2016.

Yousef Al Hajri, chairman of plant owner Shamal Azzour Al-Oula, said: "We are very proud of the progress made to date. This progress is the result of our team's efforts and goal to start generating power as early as possible, aiming to supply the citizens of Kuwait during the summer peak of 2015. We thank the partners, contractors and manufacturers for their high quality and high regard for timeliness."

The plant will generate more than 1,500MW of electricity and 107 million imperial gallons of water per day for Kuwait (405,000 m3/day), or around 10% of the country's power generation capacity and 20% of water capacity.

Shamal Azzour Al-Oula KSC is 40% owned by a private consortium comprising ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), Sumitomo Corporation, and A.H. Al Sagar & Brothers.

The remaining 60% is owned by Government of Kuwait, which is mandated to sell 50% of the total ownership through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to Kuwaiti citizens in the next few years, leaving it with a 10% stake following the IPO.

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