Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water has extended the deadline for bids to upgrade the Al-Zour South power plant.

The deadline has been extended from 3 October to 10 October. The winning bidder will convert the existing simple cycle gas-fired project into a combined cycle plant on a design, build and operate basis. The winning bidder will also build a 400MW steam turbine to the existing 800MW plant at the site. The ministry unveiled plans to convert the existing project earlier this year (MEED 12:2:10).

The ministry is simultaneously looking for a contractor to provide, install, operate and maintain a reverse osmosis desalination plant with a capacity of 30 million gallons per day to sit next to the Al-Zour power plant. The bid deadline for this contract has similarly been extended from 19 September to 19 October (MEED 27:9:10).

The Al-Zour South project has become a priority for the Ministry of Electricity & Water since its larger engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project at Al-Zour North was taken over by the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) and converted into an independent water and power project (IWPP) (MEED 14:5:10).