Five companies are expected to submit bids by 10 December. The prospective bidders are Alstomof France, Siemensof Germany, GE Power Systemsof the US, Ansaldo Energiaof Italy and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The estimated $180 million contract will cover the supply of three to four open-cycle gas turbines, as well as related civil works.

The new capacity will be built on the site of the former Shuaiba North power station, which had capacity of 400 MW. Shuaiba North was damaged during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and was decommissioned as a result. The new facilities will be commissioned by the summer of 2003.

The US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff Internationalis the consultant for Shuaiba and is also advising the government on two other projects to be built at an estimated cost of $2,000 million (MEED 16:2:01).

The larger of the two other schemes is the KD 533 million ($1,800 million) Al-Zour North project. The proposed steam turbine plant will have an installed capacity of 2,500 MW and is scheduled to begin operation in the second half of 2006. The other project involves construction of a 400-MW gas-fired plant at Subiya.

Al-Zour North may be tendered on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. Parsons Brinckerhoff is preparing the terms of reference for a BOT-type scheme and the MEW is expected to decide whether or not to proceed on such a basis by September 2002 (MEED 16:11:01).