Head of Kuwait PPP body to leave post

23 March 2016

New general manager of KAPP will take up position from 1 April

The general manager of the Kuwait Authority of Partnership Projects (KAPP) Adel al-Roumi is to leave his post at the end of March.

Al-Roumi will be replaced on 1 April. It is not yet clear who will replace him as head of the public-private partnership (PPP) body.

KAPP, formerly called the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), was established in 2008 to oversee a programme of $28bn worth of projects in partnership with the private sector.

However, the PPP body has suffered from a number of delays with its programme, with the Al-Zour North independent water and power project (IWPP) the only project to reach execution. Contracts for the Al-Zour North 1 IWPP were awarded in late 2013 after a protracted tendering process.

Developers are currently working on proposals for the Al-Zour North 2 IWPP, the second major PPP project to be put out for tender.

MEED reported in August 2015 that seven groups had been prequalified to participate the tender for the IWPP, which will have a power generation capacity of 1,500MW and a desalination component of at least 102 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD).

With Japan’s Mitsui joining up with Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, it means four of the seven prequalified companies will bid in three consortiums.

Kuwait’s public-private partnership (PPP) body, Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), recently extended the bid submission deadline to 6 April.

In an interview with MEED, deputy prime minister Anas al-Saleh said the particpation of Kuwaiti citizens in investing in KAPP projects will be an important pillar in the country’s diversification plans.

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