Kuwait is moving forward with plans to expand its desalination capacity to ensure water supply meets the country’s rising demand.
Firstly, the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) expects to start the process of prequalification of developers for the Al-Zour North phase 2 and 3 Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) and the Al-Khiran IWPP before the end of this year, reports Energy & Utilities.
Last February the KAPP announced a consortium led by Ernst & Young had been awarded the transaction advisory services for the two infrastructure projects. The head of the KAPP Fadheela al-Hassan has told the press that the feasibility studies have been completed and were undergoing approval by the board of the KAPP.
The planned Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP will have a power generation capacity of 2.7 GW and a desalination capacity of 165 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD). Meanwhile, the Al-Khiran IWPP will be able to generate 1.8 GW of power and produce 125 MIGD of desalinated water.
Secondly, the Ministry of Electricity & Water of Kuwait has issued a call for proposals from prequalified bidders for planned reverse osmosis desalination project in Doha (phase 2), according to Energy & Utilities. The submission date is October 5. The first phase of the Doha 50 MIGD desalination facility was awarded to Doosan Heavy Industries in 2015. The second phase of the project is also expected to be 50 MIGD.
The Doha phase 2 desalination project has been tendered as an engineering, procurement and construction project, including operation and maintenance.