Kuwait tenders Al-Zour southern power station contracts

17 June 2010

Electricity and Water Ministry tenders desalination and gas turbine projects

Kuwait’s Electricity and Water Ministry has invited groups to bid for a contract to build and maintain a seawater desalination unit for the water produced from the Al-Zour southern power station.

Contractors have until 14 September to submit bids for the contract to install the desalination unit

Contractors have until the 14 September to submit bids for the contract to install the desalination unit. The contract has an initial guarantee of KD2m ($6.9m).

The project will involve constructing a desalination unit capable of combining reverse osmosis technology and an alkalinity increasing unit for the water from the Al-Zour station and will be able to handle 30 million imperial gallons per day.

The ministry has also invited groups to bid for a contract to design, build and operate the conversion of phase 2 of the existing gas turbines of Al-Zour southern power station site into a combined cycle system.

Contractors have until the 19 August to submit bids for the project. The tender has an initial guarantee of KD2m.

Kuwait is also planning to build another water and power plant in Al-Zour north.

Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) is also currently in preliminary discussions with potential developers for the country’s first independent water and power project (IWPP).

The winning bidder will design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the gas-fired power and water facility at a site in Al-Zour North.

The plant will have a capacity of 1,500MW of power and 100 million gallons a day of desalinated water.

A team of France’s BNP Paribas, US law firm Chadbourne & Parke and Germany’s Lahmeyer International won the mandate to advise PTB on the project in March.

Power and water from the project will be sold to the Electricity & Water Ministry under a 30-year offtake agreement.

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