Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has approved the award of a KD23.8m ($83.2m) contract to the local Kharafi National for the operation and maintenance of a gas turbine unit for the Subiya power and water desalination plant.

The CTC approved the award on 1 July. CTC approval is the final step before a formal contract award is made. The client for the project is the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW).

The contract is the latest of a number of power deals that the MEW has made recently as Kuwait seeks to upgrade and expand its power infrastructure.

In June, the MEW awarded a contract to the local Alghanim International to design, supply and install two 225MW gas turbines at each of the Subiya and Al-Zour South power plants. Siemens will provide the turbines for both projects.

In January, Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) awarded the consortium of UK/French company GDF Suez, Japan’s Sumitomo and Kuwait’s AH Sagar & Brothers Group the contract to build the Al-Zour North independent water and power project (IWPP).

The winning group will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the 1,500MW plant, which will provide 102-107 million gallons a day of desalinated water. The project is to enter commercial operation by 31 May 2015.