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Work on Az-zour North 1 power plant complete

The Az-zour North One power and water plant is Kuwait’s first independently owned power and water facility

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Construction work on Kuwait’s Az-zour North One power and water plant has been completed, Shamal Az-zour Al-Oula KSC, the owner and operator of the plant announced.

The $1.7bn facility that started construction in December 2013 is Kuwait’s first independently owned power and water facility, and falls under Phase 1 of the country’s independent water and power project (IWPP) project.

The project was completed on schedule and on budget, Kuwait Times reported.

The project has the capacity to generate 10% of Kuwait’s power requirements at peak capacity (1,539MW) and 20% of water generation (107 million gallons per day).

The plant is fuelled by a blend of local gas and imported LNG.

The combined facility of power and water generation is Kuwait’s cleanest and most efficient source of electricity.

The power and treated water produced from the plant will be entirely supplied to the country’s national power and water grid operated by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water(MEW) under a 40-year long-term energy conversion and water purchase agreement (ECWPA).

ENGIE and Sumitomo will undertake the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the plant on an equal share basis.

The plant is the first stage of the country’s plan to significantly increase capacity over the coming years, and falls within a larger effort to meet an anticipated peak demand of 25 gigawatts (GW) by 2025.

It was awarded under the IWPP law and implemented through a process managed by the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects.

The plant is part of an overall IWPP located in the Az-zour area.

The overall IWPP is expected to be developed over five phases, for a total capacity of 4,800MW of electricity and approximately 280 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water to be tendered over a period of four to six.

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