Consortiums led by Acwa Power and Taqa stand out among the top contenders shortlisted by Kuwait for its independent water and power projects - Az-Zour North Phase II & III and Al Khairan Phase I, reports Zawya.
The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) recently revealed that consortiums featuring major players in the regional utility sector, including Acwa Power and Taqa, have been selected for the significant independent water and power projects. These projects, which include Az-Zour North Phase II & III and Al Khairan Phase I, as well as three others involving global players, are being executed by KAPP in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy of the State of Kuwait (MEWRE).
The shortlisted entities for these projects include:
- Taqa with consortium partners AH Al Sagar & Brothers and Jera Company.
- Acwa Power with Kuwait-based Gulf Investment Corporation.
- China Power International Holding with Malaysia-based Malakoff International and the Saudi group Abdul Aziz Al Ajlan Sons and Company.
- Nebras Power, a Qatar-based power development company, and Sumitomo, a Japanese trading company engaged in diverse businesses, including construction systems and infrastructure.
Az-Zour North IWPP, a key utility plant, is set to boast a net capacity of 2,700MW of power and 120 MIGD of desalinated water. On the Al Khairan IWPP, KAPP said the power and water desalination plant, is anticipated to have a net capacity of at least 1,800 MW of power and 33 MIGD of desalinated water. This plant will be strategically located adjacent to the southern border of the existing Az Zour South conventional thermal power and desalination plant, approximately 100 kilometers south of Kuwait City.
Both Az-Zour North and Al Khairan IWPPs are designed to operate using a combination of liquefied natural gas and high-pressure natural gas, with gas oil serving as backup fuel.
Ernst & Young is assisting KAPP and MEWRE as the Lead & Financial Advisor, while Addleshaw Goddard is serving as the Legal Advisor, and Atkins is providing support as the Technical & Environmental Advisor for this key project.