Kuwait invites bids for private waste-to-energy project

01 October 2013

Kuwaiti solid waste plant will be developed using a build-operate-transfer model

Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) has invited companies to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for the contract to develop the Kabd Municipality Solid Waste Project.

The waste-to-energy (WTE) project will be developed under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) procurement model. The proposed facility will be located in Kabd area, approximately 25 kilometres from Kuwait City and will occupy an area of about 500,000 square metres. The WTE project is planned to have an initial capacity of 3,000 tonnes a day and will treat up to half of Kuwait’s municipal waste.

Companies have until 17 November to express interest in the scheme.

In the second quarter of this year, the PTB awarded the transaction advisory services contract for the Kabd project to a consortium led by the UK’s PWC. The transaction advisory contract will involve reviewing, updating and finalising the feasibility study for the project and include a waste composition characterisation study. The adviser will also be in charge of reviewing, updating and finalising tender documents and providing assistance in all procurement procedures until the financial close of the project.

The electricity generated by the plant will be purchased by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) through a power purchase agreement (PPA). The PPA is expected to last for 25 years, in addition to four years for design and construction of the project.

The Kabd Municipality Solid Waste Project is part of the Kuwait government’s efforts to increase generating capacity in the country, which it wants to boost from the current 14,000MW to 31,000MW by 2023.

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