BOT option studied for Al-Zour North

23 August 2002

The US' Parsons Brinckerhoff International is expected to submit by the end of September an initial report on the terms of reference for the proposed Al-Zour North power project. The project is likely to be tendered on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The other option is to build the plant on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. The client is the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW), which is expected to take a decision by December.

The Al-Zour North power project will be built next to the existing Al-Zour South power station, about 100 kilometres southeast of Kuwait City. The proposed steam turbine plant will have a capacity of 2,500 MW and is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2006. The project may also include the construction of a major desalination unit of capacity of at least 100 million gallons a day, using multi-stage flash (MSF) technology. 'MEW is expected to take a final decision on this element [desalination unit] by the end of 2002,' says a project source (MEED 16:11:01; 21:9:01). MEW is also planning additional power capacity at a greenfield site west of the existing Al-Zour South station. Bids are due to be returned by 13 October for the proposed 1,000-MW plant (MEED 16:8:02).

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