Kuwait seeks firms for 1,100MW solar IPP

03 January 2024
Companies have until 22 February to purchase the request for qualifications document

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Kuwait’s Electricity, Water & Renewable Energy Ministry (MEWRE), through the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (Kapp), has invited interested companies to purchase the request for qualifications (RFQ) document for a 1,100MW solar independent power producer (IPP) scheme.

The project comprises the Al-Dibdibah and Shagaya renewable energy phase three, zone one project, according to Kapp.

The 1,100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) IPP project is located in Jahra governorate, approximately 100 kilometres from the capital, Kuwait City.

Companies have until 22 February to purchase the RFQ document. Kapp expects to receive responses from interested companies by 7 March.

MEED reported in October last year that Kuwait was expected to start issuing the RFQs for the 4,500MW next phases of the state’s Shagaya Renewable Energy Project (SREP) by the end of the year.

Phase two will comprise a 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with around five hours of storage capacity.

A third phase will comprise a 1,500MW solar IPP and the final phase will be a 1,700MW solar IPP scheme.

Transaction advisory

In August 2022, a team led by London-headquartered consultancy firm EY won the transaction advisory contract for the next phases of Kuwait’s renewable energy programme.

London-headquartered DLA Piper is the legal adviser, while Norwegian engineering services firm DNV is the client’s technical and environmental adviser.

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (Kisr), in partnership with the electricity ministry, developed the first phase of SREP. This comprised a 50MW parabolic trough CSP plant and a wind and solar PV plant, each with a 10MW capacity.

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