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).