Tender deadline for Al Zour conversion extended
MEW extend deadline for project to October 3.
Contractors bidding for work on the second phase of the Al-Zour power plant project in Kuwait have until 3 October to get their bids in, Meed has reported.
The news comes not long after Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) extended the original deadline for tenders from the 29 August to 14 September.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, worth an estimated US $ 784m (KW $ 225m), involves conversion of the existing, simple-cycle, 800MW gas-fired plant at Al Zour South into a combined cycle plant.
Once assigned, the main contractor will also be responsible for the construction of 400MW steam turbine close by.
Separately, the MEW will also be accepting bids for the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a desalination facility attached to the plant no later than 19 September.
The seawater reverse osmosis desalination unit will play a key role in the provision of utilities in the region with a capacity of 30 million gallons of water a day.
As part of a wider, five year development plan to develop Kuwait’s power infrastructure, the Al Zour South project, unveiled earlier this year, has become a priority for the MEW.
It follows the successful conversion of the country’s larger EPC power project at Al Zour North into an independent power project (IPP).
Due to the absence of sufficient power transmission infrastructure at the South site however, the ministry will also have to build a 400kV substation before it can cope with the additional power capacity brought about from its expansion.
Earlier this week, Kuwait revealed plans to build four nuclear power stations to help cater for the nation's growing power demand.