The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has extended the bid deadline for the Al-Abdaliyah integrated solar combined-cycle (ISCC) plant by one month. The new deadline is 5 February, moved from 4 January.

KAPP, Kuwait’s public-private partnership (PPP) body, which was formerly called the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), is overseeing the development of the scheme in partnership with the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW).

The deadline has been extended several times, with the original submission date having been set for 17 March. The extension is due to a combination of KAPP focusing on the Al-Zour North 2 IWPP bid evaluation and to allow bidders more time to work on prices due to the technical complexity of the ISCC scheme.

The seven prequalified groups, with lead developer specified, are:

The ISCC facility, which will run on a combination of solar power and gas, will have a total capacity of 280MW. The plant will contain a 60MW solar component. The project will be located in Al-Abdaliyah in southwest Kuwait, and will be located on an area spanning 2 square kilometres.

KAPP, in collaboration with MEW, will oversee the creation of a joint stock project company that will build, operate and transfer (BOT) the project for an investment period of 25 years. The project company will sign an energy conversion and power purchase agreement with MEW, with the ministry being the offtaker for the electricity generated by the plant.

The UK’s HSBC was appointed as financial consultant for the scheme in September 2013.