Kuwait’s Electricity & Water Ministry plans to invite bids to build a power project at Khirran South in November.

The winning bidder will build the power plant, which will have a capacity of 500MW of power and 50 million gallons a day (g/d) of desalinated water. The power plant will comprise two steam turbines and the water facility will use multi-stage flash (MSF) technology.

Speaking at MEED’s Arabian Power & Water Summit 2011, director of studies and research at the ministry, Suhaila Marafi, said contractors will be prequalified in September.

The US’ Parsons Brinkerhoff is currently working on a study for the development of the project.

The Khirran South scheme will be developed on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. The contractor will provide both the power and water components of the project. The ministry will launch the tender after September 2011.

The project will be the first of several 500MW phases. The number of phases will be decided after Parsons Brinkerhoff has completed the site studies.

Kuwait currently has about 11GW in installed capacity and 450 million g/d in desalination capacity. This currently exceeds peak demand, although, according to Electricity & Water Ministry figures, by 2012 demand will match supply.