Kuwait’s Electricity & Water Ministry has invited bids to build two 450MW power plants at Subiya and Al-Zour South. Each project will comprise two 225MW power generating units.

Contractors have until 24 July to submit bids for both projects separately, but sources close to the projects have indicated that this deadline is likely to be pushed back. The ministry has not conducted a prequalification process and the tenders are open to all contractors.

Contractors will have 18 months to build the projects from the date of signing. Both projects are planned for commissioning by May 2014.

Both projects will be built on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. According to Kuwaiti law, projects more than 500MW must be tendered as independent power projects (IPPs).