The Ministry of Electricity & Water of Kuwait has extended the deadline to submit bids for consultancy work related to future water projects in the country, informs Trade Arabia. Previously set as June 8, consultants can now submit proposals until June 22.
The ministry intends to appoint a consultant responsible for studies and the design and preparation of tenders for water projects. This is to follow through with plans for major projects in the utility sector in the coming years.
The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) said earlier this year it had appointed an advisory team for two planned independent water and power projects (IWPPs). EY, Atkins and Addleshaw were appointed to provide financial, technical and legal advisory services respectively.
The long procurement process for IWPPs in Kuwait has suffered some setbacks over the years since the first contract was awarded in 2013, although last July it seemed to gain momentum again, as developers were asked to submit advisory bids for two water and power projects together worth an estimated $7 billion.
Kuwait’s only IWPP to date, Al-Zour 1 IWWP was commissioned in 2016. Future plans include the Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP, with a capacity of 2,700 MW and a water desalination capacity of up to 165 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD), adjacent to Al-Zour 1, and the Al-Khiran IWPP, with a power generation capacity of 1,800 MW and a desalination capacity of 125 MIGD. The Al-Khiran project will be located close to the Al-Zour site, about 100 km south of Kuwait City on the Arabian coast.